UNDERSTANDING THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL SEALANTS – ARE THEY RIGHT FOR YOU?
Dental sealants are a great way to fight back against tooth decay and cavities. But you may have questions about dental sealants. How do they work? What are the benefits? And are sealants in Newtown Square a good option for you? In this blog from Smileform Dentistry, we’ll answer all of these questions and help you learn more about this common preventive dentistry procedure.
WHAT ARE DENTAL SEALANTS?
Dental sealants are made of a special type of dental resin. Dr. Inna Solovey will “paint” this resin onto your tooth in liquid form. Then, she will use a special UV light to activate the resin. This hardens it, forming a strong barrier over your enamel. This barrier prevents sugar, acid, and bacteria from contacting your enamel directly, which prevents cavities from forming.
Most commonly, sealants are applied to the rear teeth. The large surface area and deep pits, fissures, and grooves of the rear teeth make them more cavity-prone, so sealants are a great choice for preventing tooth decay. However, sealants can be applied to other teeth, too.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL SEALANTS?
Are you wondering why you should get dental sealants? This preventive treatment offers a variety of great benefits:
- Completely eliminates the risk of decay – As long as your sealants remain intact, you won’t get a cavity in your treated tooth. Sealants are not a replacement for good oral hygiene, but they do significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay.
- Long lifespan – Sealants can last up to 5-10 years, so they’re a great long-term investment in your oral health.
- Non-invasive – There’s no need to numb your mouth or remove any tooth material. The sealant process is completely non-invasive, which makes it great for kids or for patients who may have dental anxiety.
- Affordable treatment – Sealants are usually covered for free by dental insurance for kids. And for adults, they’re also very affordable, with a low per-tooth treatment cost.
WHO SHOULD GET DENTAL SEALANTS? ARE THEY RIGHT FOR ME?
Dental sealants are often recommended for kids, since children tend to have a higher risk of cavities. Kids usually get dental sealants twice. First, they’ll get them at about the age of 6, when their first adult molars come out. Then, they’ll get sealants again at the age of 12, to protect their second set of adult molars.
However, dental sealants are also a good choice for adults who may be cavity-prone. There are lots of things that can make you more susceptible to tooth decay, such as dry mouth, a high-sugar diet, tobacco use, and genetically weak enamel, to name just a few. Along with good at-home oral hygiene and six-month dental visits, dental sealants from Dr. Solovey can virtually eliminate your risk of tooth decay.
The best way to find out if dental sealants are right for you is to schedule a consultation at Smileform Dentistry. We’re proud to provide sealants for patients of all ages. At your consultation, Dr. Solovey can assess your oral health, and determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for sealants in Newtown Square.
Protect Your Teeth – Call Today To Schedule Your Appointment
At Smileform Dentistry, Dr. Solovey is always here to help you and your family get the care you need for healthy mouths. We’re always accepting new patients in Newtown Square. So whether you’re curious about dental sealants, or you just need to find a new dentist for a check-up, our team is here for you. Give us a call at (267) 692-2922 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.