The Benefits of Dental Sealants

Posted by Patrice Robbins on Jul 10 2023, 04:34 AM

The Benefits of Dental Sealants

With proper brushing and flossing habits at home, you can prevent cavities and other oral health issues from developing. However, certain patients need extra help to keep their teeth healthy and clean. This is where sealants come in! Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to teeth' chewing surfaces. Dental sealants are a preventive dental treatment that protects teeth from cavities, decay, and other oral health issues. They act as a barrier that protects the tooth's chewing surface and helps to keep away food particles that can cause decay. At Brightworks Dentistry, they are most commonly used on the molars because they are the most susceptible to decay. Sealants can be applied quickly and easily in a dental office. They are an inexpensive way to keep your teeth healthy and strong. 

The Procedure for Dental Sealants 

A liquid resin is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth to create a smooth surface that will resist tooth decay. The liquid resin is hardened with a UV light to bond it to the teeth and becomes a strong protective coating for the enamel. Once the dental sealant is in place, it can last up to ten years or more before needing replacement. Our team will give patients proper instructions on care and maintenance for their sealants following treatment to ensure their effectiveness and longevity. The sealants will be well-protected against the bacteria that cause tartar formation and can be just as effective as traditional fillings at preventing tooth decay by protecting against harmful acids and plaque buildup. 

Benefits of Getting a Dental Sealant 

Protection Against Tooth Decay

Dental sealants act as a physical barrier, sealing off the deep grooves and fissures on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. These areas are particularly prone to collecting food particles and bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay. Sealants create a smooth, protective layer that prevents bacteria from settling in these vulnerable areas, reducing the risk of cavities. 

Early Intervention and Prevention

Dental sealants provide an opportunity for early intervention and prevention of dental problems. Applying sealants at the right time, such as during childhood or when permanent molars erupt, can proactively protect the teeth from decay before it starts. 

Painless and Non-Invasive

Getting dental sealants is painless and non-invasive. The sealant material is applied to the tooth surface without drilling or anesthesia. This makes it a comfortable procedure, especially for children anxious about dental treatments. 

Aesthetic Appeal

Dental sealants are typically tooth-colored or transparent, allowing them to blend in naturally with the tooth surface. This makes them virtually invisible, maintaining the aesthetic appearance of your smile while providing the necessary protection. 

While dental sealants are commonly recommended for children and teenagers, adults can also benefit from sealants if they have deep grooves or fissures on their teeth. Visit Brightworks Dentistry at 1858 Independence Square Suite A, Dunwoody, GA 30338, or call (770) 450-0415 to learn more about dental sealants. 

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1858 Independence Square Suite A
Dunwoody, GA, 30338

Brightworks Dentistry

1858 Independence Square Suite A

Tel: (770) 458-3600

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