Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic that are brushed evenly over the molars of the mouth.

They can be used for a variety of dental issues to protect the tooth and prevent decay. However, generally they are used to seal a tooth to keep decay from damaging the integrity and strength of the tooth.

Although primarily used in pediatric dentistry, dental sealants can also be used in adult dentistry. Brooklin Village Dental Care can evaluate whether or not their use would be an advantage in maintaining your smile or the smile of your child.

Here are three things you should ask about when it comes to dental sealants:

  • What materials are used to make sealants?
  • Do sealants cover the entire tooth?
  • How long do sealants last?

Pros and Cons of Dental Sealants

Dental sealants can be used to prevent and reduce the number of cavities your children experience or to protect your adult teeth if they are at risk of damage. Let’s look at the pros and cons of dental sealants.

Some Advantages of Dental Sealants

  • Ease of application
  • Pain-free
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to clean

Some Disadvantages of Dental Sealants

  • Short lifespan, frequent reapplication required
  • Do not protect sides of teeth
  • Can hide decay that has already started

Understanding the Procedure for the Application of Dental Sealants

The dental procedure for sealant application is painless and includes these four steps:

  1. The dentist cleans the tooth
  2. The tooth is conditioned to accept the sealant
  3. The dentist will inspect the etching to make sure it will accept the sealant
  4. The dentist will apply the sealant by using a small brush or small syringe

The Major Takeaway of Dental Sealants

When dental sealants are used, both children and adults are much less likely to experience tooth decay. For this reason, they should be considered as an option for optimum oral health care. If you have more questions about whether or not dental sealants are right for you or your child, make an appointment today with the friendly family dentist near you at Brooklin Village Dental Care.

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