When it comes to finding a way to protect enamel and reduce the risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay, patients in the Brandon, FL area can take some steps for a more proactive approach to keeping the smile healthy. One of those steps may be the addition of a dental sealant. Dental sealants can be used for patients of all ages to provide an extra layer of protection against damage to the natural tooth structure. Dr. Trevor Williams and his staff work directly with patients in the community to help them achieve healthy smile with sealants for kids and adults!
What is a dental sealant?
Dental sealants are a special coating that can be applied to the molars and other teeth within the smile to protect the teeth from bacteria and debris. It is often administered onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth and is designed to keep bacteria and debris from remaining in the deep crevices on the surface of teeth such as the molars. It can help prevent cavities and can even be put on teeth that have already experienced tooth decay as they can stop cavities as well!
Can adults obtain dental sealants?
In the past, sealants were commonly used only on young children as an extra preventative measure in the event they did not brush or floss properly. However, dentists are finding that many adults may also benefit from the application of dental sealants as an extra step in protecting the smile. We encourage patients of all ages to ask about dental sealants and other preventative dentistry solutions for maintaining a healthy smile!
What are the benefits of dental sealants?
Dental sealants are:
- Often covered by dental insurance
- Simple to administer
- One of many ways to protect the smile!
Request more information about sealants today
Call Dr. Trevor Williams and his staff at Williams Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to book a consultation visit in Brandon, FL and learn more about the advantages of sealants, fluoride treatments, and other preventative care solutions for the smile! Call (813) 560-0447 and request a visit with our team of professionals at 510 Vonderburg Drive, Suite #211.
A special coating that can be applied to teeth, including the molars, to protect them. It’s often applied onto the chewing surfaces of teeth to keep bacteria and debris from remaining in the deep crevices on tooth surfaces. It can help prevent cavities and even halt the spread of existing cavities.
Yes, they are an effective protective mechanism (though not much used) against cavities, a common and damaging dental condition among kids. If untreated, cavities can cause pain, infections, and problems related to eating, speaking, and learning. Get sealants for your children after the eruption of their permanent molars (around 6 for the first molars and 12 for the second).
Sealants were used only on young children in the past to protect teeth if they didn’t brush or floss properly. Now, most dentists believe that their application can benefit adults too. Talk to Dr. Williams about dental sealants.
Nine to 10 years after placement, but they can fall off, so have them checked during dental visits. Make sure they are replaced, as missing sealants make teeth vulnerable to cavities.
No, the procedure involves cleaning teeth, placing a gel on the chewing surfaces for a few seconds, rinsing and drying the teeth, painting the sealant on them, and directing a light to help harden the sealant so that it forms a protective barrier against cavities.