Our mouths are tricky areas, and sometimes a toothbrush has trouble reaching the tiny spaces and pockets in our teeth. Sometimes, if our brushing isn’t reaching every spot in our mouths, tooth decay can cultivate in those small, neglected places. The implementation of sealants can further shield your teeth from unwanted decay while blocking cavities from forming.
These dental sealants are simply fused into the delicate crevices on the tooth’s exterior. Made from a plastic resin, the sealant solidifies, giving your tooth an even surface. When these crevices are turned into a smooth surface, it becomes much easier to brush your teeth properly, deterring plaque from building.
In children, sealants can keep permanent teeth healthy. Sealants can be bonded to children’s teeth once the permanent teeth break through the gums. This helps deter tooth decay and keeps the mouth clean and healthy. Butsealants aren’t limited to children – adults can benefit from sealing healthy permanent teeth to maintain superb oral wellness.
While the sealants’ life span range between three and five years, we have a fair amount of adult patients whose childhood sealants are still lasting. If your sealant falls out of place, contact your dentist. To keep your tooth protected, your doctor will reseal the tooth.