According to the American Dental Association, dental sealants are both safe and effective at protecting teeth with grooves and fissures from cavities. This is beneficial, as cavities are still a common oral condition for patients, along with gum disease.
Generally speaking, sealants aren’t necessary for everyone, but they are recommended if you have a history of dental caries or are prone to cavities. Our typical candidate for dental sealants is teens and children, but adults who are cavity prone but don’t have fillings or decay in their molars can benefit from this protective coating as well.
A dental sealant is made of a plastic coating which is painted on the top parts of a tooth, the chewing surface of the molars and premolars that sit in the back of the mouth. After the sealant is painted on, it bonds very quickly to the surface of the grooves and fissures, providing effective protection for the tooth enamel.
Sealants keep out the decay that besets the chewing surfaces which have a tendency to trap food particles and bacterial debris in them, which attach to the tooth and lead to cavities.
Of course, your best protection to keep plaque from harming your pearly whites is brushing and flossing every day. The issue with the back teeth, however, is that they can’t be cleaned as easily as the front and side teeth. There are crevices that still tend to harbor bacteria and plaque, but with dental sealants, that no longer is the case. They effectively “seal out” oral debris.
If you would like to know more about dental sealants, you can schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Asad Ahsan, please call Vital Dental in McKinney, Texas, at (972) 347-0945 today. We look forward to helping you maintain your healthy smile!