You may have heard of sealants before, or had some placed in your mouth at some time—but what are they exactly?
Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used heavily in the chewing process, and they are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first arrive to ensure they are protected early. Sealants are a great way to prevent cavities in adults as well.
To place a sealant, an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. Finally, the liquid hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.
Need Sealants Replaced or Reapplied?
The Hills Dental Care can help you out with precise, comfortable, and compassionate care. Schedule an appointment with our front desk, and we’ll be happy to assess the condition of your teeth and take care of any sealant issues if necessary. Your oral care is in good hands with Hills Dental!