Dental hygiene is an integral part of any daily routine. Brushing and flossing regularly keep the mouth clean and healthy while helping to prevent problems such as tooth decay and gingivitis.
Unfortunately, sometimes daily care isn't enough to prevent cavities. Often, bacteria and food particles will become trapped in the ridges of the teeth causing eventual decay. This is especially common in the back molars. Over time decay can lead to more severe problems and may result in a patient needing to have a root canal or extraction.
Fortunately, we have a preventative treatment that can help avert decay altogether. Kevin Spees Dentistry is happy to provide professional dental sealants to protect your teeth from harmful particles and bacteria.
What are dental sealants?
A dental sealant is a clear or tooth-colored resin that is painted onto the surface of the tooth. Once applied, the sealant will harden into a thin layer over the grooves of the tooth's surface. This hard coating will prevent bacteria from getting into those hard to reach places.
Dental sealants provide an efficient and cost-effective way to protect the teeth and stop cavities before they have time to form.
Who is a good candidate for dental sealants?
Dr. Spees often recommends dental sealants for children between the ages of six and twelve. At this age, a child's new permanent teeth will be emerging. A child's diet and lack of experience with dental hygiene often make them more susceptible to cavities. Sealants can protect a child's teeth in these vital stages of development.
We also recommend sealants for teens and adults who are prone to tooth decay. They are also beneficial for those whose teeth have not completely healed or have suffered from decay in the past.
How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants can typically be applied in one short visit to your local dentist. First, Dr. Spees will check to ensure your teeth are healthy and free of cavities. If pre-existing decay is discovered, our dedicated team will be able to discuss treatment options.
Once Dr. Spees determines that your teeth are healthy and ready for a sealant, your teeth will be carefully cleaned to remove any plaque or tartar. Once the teeth are clean and dry, a thin coat of sealant will be applied to the surface of the tooth. It is then hardened with a curing light. Depending on the patient and the number of teeth involved, this entire process usually takes about half an hour.
What should I do if I think I need sealants?
If you are interested in learning more about dental sealants and how they can protect your teeth from cavities and decay, contact our office today to speak with one of our dedicated staff. We have two convenient locations to serve you. You can reach our Zionsville office at 317-873-2206, or our Lebanon office at 765-482-6672. We would be happy to answer any questions or schedule a consultation with you!