What Is Dental Sealant?
Dental sealant is a thin plastic coating applied to your teeth’s chewing surface. The simple, painless procedure is performed with little preparation or aftercare. Children are the most common recipients of sealants, but many adult patients have also enjoyed the protective benefits of the treatment. With proper dental hygiene, your sealant can help save the time, money, and hassle involved with many dental disorders.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
Many children receive pediatric dental sealant after their new adult teeth grow into place. Unfortunately, many degenerative dental conditions can take root during a patient’s younger years, leading to a lifetime of pain and discomfort. It is essential to take the proper steps during your child’s adolescence to safeguard their oral health to prevent this occurrence. As its name suggests, Sealant ‘seals’ the tooth and forms a protective barrier against bacteria, germs, and infection.
How Effective Are Dental Sealants?
Sealant is so effective at preventing decay that the American Dental Association recommends the procedure for all children regardless of their health condition. Clinical research has shown that sealant reduces the formation of cavities by up to 80% in the first year after treatment, and up to 60% after four years. In the interim, your child can learn how to properly take care of their teeth and set themselves up for a lifetime of excellent oral health.
The Dental Sealant Process
The sealant process is completely safe and non-invasive, making it easy for patients of all ages to receive the treatment. Your dentist will first perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth to ensure that no plaque or bacteria gets trapped beneath the sealant. After they are satisfied with the cleanliness of your teeth, your dentist will begin to apply the sealant one tooth at a time to guarantee optimal coverage. The sealant can dry independently, or your dentist may use a special UV light to speed up the process. Once the sealant has hardened, your teeth are now protected from any bacteria or infection that could take root in the oral cavity and harm your smile.
Prevent future damage and keep your smile or your child’s smile in great shape with a sealant treatment from the dental office of Kurt R Kwiatkowski DDS in Grafton, WI. For more information about our dental procedures or to schedule an appointment, call 262-377-0852 or send us a message.