General, Cosmetic, & Periodontal Dentistry located in Cumming, GA
With time, our teeth decay. It’s simply a fact of life. Luckily, dentists have found that applying sealants to the backs of the teeth can stave off decay. Getting sealants put on is simple and painless, so the next time you go to the dentist, come to Inspiring Smiles. The staff will ensure that all of your sealants are up to date and keeping your teeth from decay. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Page Barden, DDS, MSD, in Cumming, Georgia, call the office or book online today.
Dental Sealants Q & A
What are sealants?
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces on the top of the back teeth (molars). Painted on with a liquid, they harden quickly and form a shield over the tooth, preventing it from potentially damaging factors.
Who should get sealants?
Everyone should get sealants. Usually, children get them on their “baby” teeth and when they’ve fallen out, sealants are placed on their permanent “adult” molars as soon as they’ve grown in.
Sealants are a simple protective measure that goes a long way. By applying them to the areas of the tooth where children and teens typically experience decay, the chance of cavities drastically decreases. Over time, their sealants will be checked and re-applied as seen fit.
How are sealants put on?
As aforementioned, sealants are painted onto the teeth. Before the sealant can be painted on, though, the tooth must be cleaned and dried, at which point cotton is put around it so that the tooth stays dry during the procedure. Dr. Barden puts a solution onto the tooth that makes it slightly rough so the sealant sticks. The tooth is then rinsed and dried, and new cotton is applied. Finally, the sealant is painted on in liquid form and hardens within seconds. Each tooth receives this special procedure, helping tremendously to avoid tooth decay.
What causes tooth decay?
Over time, the acids and sugars found in our foods and drinks can cause decay. Time, too, causes tooth decay. Normal wear and tear is going to occur, and sealants are a great way to help prevent damage.
Back teeth especially decay more easily, which is why as soon as children’s molars come in, they should get sealants applied. The chewing surfaces of back teeth are rough and uneven, and food and germs can get stuck more easily.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants can last up to 10 years, but some people’s teeth experience more damage than others. Therefore, sealants should be checked regularly, at every cleaning, despite the sealants’ timeline. Your dentist or hygienist at Inspiring Smiles will check to make sure that sealants are not chipped or worn away, and if they are, the sealants can be repaired.
Whether it’s you or your little one taking a trip to the dentist, you can always ask about sealants: when to get them, when a replacement is needed, etc. The staff at Inspiring Smiles is here to help with any and all questions you may have. To learn more about sealants, call the office or book an appointment online today.