We recommend sealants to patients who are prone to developing cavities or who may not have the best oral hygiene habits.

What are Sealants?

A dental sealant is used to protect vulnerable teeth from becoming decayed. Most often, we recommend sealants to patients who are prone to developing cavities or who may not have the best oral hygiene habits. Children can especially benefit from dental sealants, as they help to protect both baby and adult teeth from becoming decayed. The sealant procedure itself is quick and requires absolutely no anesthetic.

Why are Sealants needed?

Sealants are often needed for patients who are prone to developing cavities or who have poor dental hygiene habits. They are especially beneficial to pediatric patients who may not have the best brushing techniques or who frequently forget to brush their teeth. A sealant is completely clear and is used to protect the tooth from being infiltrated or compromised by decay. The sealant can prevent the need for a dental filling, root canal or complete extraction.

What makes you a good candidate for Sealants?

While most of our patients think of sealants only being suitable for pediatric patients, they can be just as beneficial for adults. The sealant is clear, so it cannot be seen when applied properly to the chewing surface of the tooth. Sealants can last for anywhere from one to two or even three years depending on wear and tear to the sealant. The procedure is quick and can be done in just minutes in our office.

What happens during the Sealant procedure?

First, Dr. Bright will clean and dry the tooth to prepare it for the sealant. The sealant is then brushed onto the tooth’s biting surface. The sealant is cured using a specialized curing light. Once hardened, the sealant protects the tooth from decay and the need for subsequent fillings, root canals and even extractions. As the sealant begins to wear away, we can place additional sealants as needed. It is important to always make time for your dental appointments despite having sealants placed onto your teeth.

If you think you might benefit from dental sealants or want to know more about this option, call us today at (330) 877-9935 and our office staff will be happy to answer any questions you have.