Pits and grooves in the molar and premolars are simply just that, pits and grooves that are wide and deep, make it hard for the cavity-causing film to be fully removed during regular routine brushing. This is where sealants can benefit and help the prevention of tooth decay. By filling in some of these deep pits and wide grooves, it helps close the gap that can sit down in the affected teeth. When partnered with a regular brushing routine and seeing your dentist for scheduled professional cleanings, cavities can often be avoided.
Sealants are normally recommended for children when they get their first set of molars around age 6 and again with their second set of molars around age 12. Children are especially at risk because as their teeth are developing as they learn brushing habits and they are not always able to reach all corners and crevices of their teeth and mouth. Dental sealants are a very important part of our preventative care.
Ask one of our clinical team professionals to learn more about sealants and their benefits.
What are sealants?
According to the American Dental Association, sealants are an effective tool in protecting your teeth from decay.
As your children’s teeth develop, areas known as pits and fissures form naturally on the surface. These deep grooves are especially susceptible to cavities, decay, and corrosion.
That’s where sealants serve as a protective covering to ward off harmful materials and naturally strengthen your teeth.
How are sealants applied?
Dental sealants help to protect children from a lifetime of sugary and acidic foods and can reinforce fragile adult teeth weakened from years of morning coffee. They cover the surface of the tooth, acting as a protective shield.
Made from tough, resilient plastic, they work as an extra preventive measure against the harmful minerals that you are exposed to every day.
Custom-created specifically for you, Dr. Bacsa will help you choose from white and tooth-colored shades for a completely natural-looking, flawless smile.
Who is a good candidate for dental sealants?
Dental sealants are our favorite way to protect developing teeth because they fortify your teeth as an extra defense against decay and disease.
Dental sealants are frequently used for adults, but they are most popular with children for their efficacy and durability. With pits and fissures to blame for 50% of children’s’ cavities, natural-looking sealants are an effective way to permanently insulate your teeth and guarantee extra protection.
How can I prevent tooth decay?
At half the cost of a dental filling, sealants are an easy, affordable way to protect your teeth from tooth decay.
When you schedule your next dental hygiene exam, consider a fluoride treatment with the rest of your preventive care. Your teeth will benefit from the extra strength of fluoride.
If you are concerned about cavities or simply want to take a proactive approach to your oral health, talk to Dr. Bacsa about permanently bonding sealants to your teeth.
Ask one of our clinical team professionals to learn more about sealants and their benefits!