The Benefits of Dental Sealants

dental sealantsMost of us are familiar with the adage, “Prevention is better than the cure”. You will probably agree with that statement even with today’s medical and dental technology. Pivotal to this quote, of course, is the perceived assumption that the preventative measures are not more entailed than the ultimate treatment, and that is just the beginning of why dental sealants are so beneficial. Getting your Marietta dental sealants from Paradise Dental assures high quality standards that are essential to your dental health.

Most up-to-date dentists believe in preventive care by offering and promoting patient education and dental health in general. Frequent office visits are more important in dentistry than in traditional medicine. Preventing cavities requires more vigilance because they can develop quickly and without pain, so the patient is unaware. We all want to have a ‘winning smile’ because it is the initial introduction as to who we are.

So what are dental sealants and what are the benefits? A dental sealant is actually a plastic type material that is applied to the selected teeth to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. Dental sealants are widely used for their preventative benefit and covered by some insurance companies because it is cheaper than the alternative, which are cavities.

The CDC, Division of Oral Health, is also a proponent of dental sealants and feels that they are one part of a child’s total preventive dental care, as decay can permanently damage teeth. Each time a tooth is drilled it compromises the integrity and strength of the tooth, but this damaging drilling is a necessary part of removing the decay. They go on to remind us that, decay damages teeth permanently. Sealants protect them. Sealants can save time, money, and the discomfort sometimes associated with dental fillings, as fillings are not permanent.

How is it applied? (Applications may vary slightly, but the general process is the same)

  1. First the teeth that are to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned.
  2. Each tooth is then dried and cotton or another absorbent material is put around the tooth to keep it dry.
  3. A liquid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them up, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth.
  4. The teeth are then rinsed and dried.
  5. Sealant is then painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. Sometimes a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden.

To acknowledge the ease of application and safety to patients, dental sealants are recommended for children as soon as their permanent molars and premolars come in, so these teeth can be protected through ages 6 to 14, which are the cavity prone years. Naturally all patients should first be evaluated to determine if they are an appropriate candidate, but in general terms dental sealants are very beneficial to oral health.

Dental Paradise is happy to offer Marietta dental sealants for your family. Just give us a call for a consultation at (770)-428-1919.