Today modern dentistry offers more options than ever before when it comes to protecting teeth. Dental sealants are simply a type of plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surface of the tooth. This is especially true when talking about permanent back teeth such as molars and premolars. These sealants are highly effective at helping to protect teeth from decay. Sealants are vital to long-term dental health because they protect the chewing surface of the molar where grooves and fissures are common.
Because grooves and fissures can be difficult to clean, dental type sealants help to keep out undesirable bacteria that can easily cause tooth decay. In addition to sealants, fluoride treatment is often applied as a way to prevent decay. Dental type sealing provides an extra layer of protection for the pitted and grooved areas of teeth ensuring that tooth decay does not occur. In many cases they can be applied to permanent molars once they emerge. When the chewing surface of a tooth is sealed, the chances of dental decay are greatly reduced. As a note, sealants can sometimes be placed on other areas of teeth as necessary and as directed by your dental care provider.
In addition, dental sealants can also be used for adult teeth. Adults with teeth that have deep grooves and fissures can benefit substantially from all that these tooth sealants make possible. Because this type of dental application is clear and very close in color to the natural tooth they are difficult to detect. Most sealants will last for many years when properly cared for by the patient. That said there are cases where reapplication of sealant material may be required several years down the road. Talk with your Stockton pediatric dentist, Dr. Rizvi at Happy Kids Dental today for more information on how to best protect your teeth at any age.