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Preventative dental care is crucial when it comes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. One of the most effective ways to protect your teeth is through dental sealants. But what exactly are dental sealants, and how do they work? Keep reading to find out how dental sealants can help protect your smile. 

 

What Are Dental Sealants? 

Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars and premolars). These teeth have grooves and fissures that are susceptible to decay, as they can be difficult to clean with normal brushing and flossing. Sealants provide a barrier to prevent bacteria and plaque from entering these grooves and causing decay. Sealants are clear or tooth-colored, and they are not noticeable when you smile or talk.   

How Do Dental Sealants Work to Seal Out Decay? 

After your teeth are cleaned, the sealant material is applied to the surface of your teeth. The material is then hardened with a special light, making it strong and durable. Once the sealant is in place, it keeps food particles and bacteria out of the grooves of your teeth, preventing decay. 

 What Are the Benefits of Dental Sealants? 

Dental sealants are a highly effective way to prevent tooth decay. The plastic coating blocks out harmful bacteria and plaque, helping to keep your teeth cavity-free. Sealants are particularly effective for children, as they have a higher risk of developing tooth decay due to poor brushing habits and a diet high in sugary foods.  

Can a Tooth with Sealants Still Get Cavities? 

Even with sealants, teeth can still get cavities. However, sealants can significantly reduce the risk of cavities by sealing off areas that are hard to clean with a toothbrush or other oral hygiene methods. When it comes to cavities in the back teeth, the fissures and depressions are the troublemakers. But don’t worry–sealants have your back! They act as a protective shield against cavity-causing bacteria. Now, remember, it’s still important to brush, floss, and have regular dental checkups, even with dental sealants.   

Will the Sealants Make My Teeth Feel Different/Sensitive? 

One of the most frequently asked questions about dental sealants is whether they feel different or sensitive on the teeth. Sealants do not make your teeth feel different, as they are a tooth-colored resin that is painted onto your teeth and then hardened with a special light. They are very thin and smooth and will not alter your natural bite. You will not even notice the presence of dental sealants on your teeth, except that you may feel an extra smoothness on the biting surface.  

How Do I Know if I Need Dental Sealants? 

Your dentist can help determine if you would benefit from dental sealants. Typically, children and teenagers are the best candidates for sealants, as their permanent teeth are still developing and more susceptible to decay. However, adults with deep grooves in their teeth or those who are cavity prone may also benefit from sealants.  

What to Expect with the Dental Sealants Application Procedure 

The application of dental sealants is a painless and straightforward procedure. Your dental professional will clean your teeth thoroughly before applying the sealant material. Once the material is applied, a special light is used to harden it into place. The entire process is quick, easy, and pain-free.  

How Long Do Dental Sealants Last? 

Dental sealants can last up to ten years with proper care. You should continue to brush and floss regularly and avoid chewing on hard objects that can damage the sealants. Your dental professional will check your sealants during your regular dental check-ups and replace them if necessary.  

Why Should I Choose Twin Aspen Dental Center for My Dental Sealants? 

Twin Aspen Dental Center provides comprehensive dental care, including preventative treatments like dental sealants. Our highly skilled team uses the latest technology and techniques to ensure your comfort and safety during your treatment. We are committed to supporting a healthy and beautiful smile with preventive dental care that fits your unique needs. Contact our team today at 303-841-7466 to learn more!