If you've been enduring toothaches or teeth sensitivity, you may be suffering from dental caries or cavities that may require a dental sealant treatment. It's a simple treatment where a plastic material is applied to the chewing surface of your teeth to stop further cavities.
Proper brushing and flossing helps eliminate food particles and plaque from the outer surfaces of teeth. However, toothbrush bristles are incapable of reaching across to the depressions and grooves to pull out food and plaque. Sealants protect these sensitive regions by "sealing out" plaque and food to impede tooth decay.
The dental sealant application involves a simple method of applying the acrylic coating, matching your tooth color, over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This acts as an effective barrier to seal the depressions or grooves and the enamel of your teeth from the acids of food particles and bacteria thereby decreasing the incidence of cavities.
While children are normally the main candidates for dental sealants, a growing number of dentists and hygienists are discovering that sealants are also capable of helping adults maintain their oral health and making the chewing surfaces free from cavities. Sealants are the best preventive measures when:
A correctly applied and maintained sealant is a more than 80% effective preventive health measure which patients can easily access.
There are numerous benefits to sealant treatments including: