Lake Worth, TX
Cavities are by far the most common dental issue people experience. Although many people remain unconcerned about small cavities, these issues can balloon into very painful dental problems that necessitate expensive restorative treatment and sometimes, even tooth extraction.
It is important that you take proactive actions and prevent your teeth, particularly the most vulnerable back teeth, from developing any cavities at all.
At HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth, Dr. Guram, or Dr. Cannon and Dr. Guram and Dr. Cannon we may recommend dental sealants for you and your family if you at high risk of developing cavities.
What is a Dental Sealant?
A dental sealant is a layer of BPA-free, plastic coating that is applied to the pits and grooves of your molars and premolars. This coating bonds tightly to the surface of your teeth and acts as a barrier between the defenseless tooth enamel and the bacterial plaque.
Why are Dental Sealants a Good Preventive Option?
Our back teeth consist of deep and fine fissures where food and plaque can get stuck easily. These fissures cannot be easily cleaned by a toothbrush and can become a breeding ground for bacterial plaque. Over time, the acid-producing bacteria will dissolve the enamel on the surface of these teeth and open up your teeth for infection.
In addition, the back teeth experience a greater chewing force and are more likely to wear and tear as opposed to front teeth.
Dental sealants can help protect these vulnerable teeth by sealing the tiny fissures and offering a smooth chewing surface where food cannot get trapped. Dental sealants are often used alongside fluoride treatment, giving your teeth an extra level of protection.
Candidates for Dental Sealants
Children and teens between the age of 6 and 14 are the most common candidates for dental sealants. That’s because people in this age group have a higher risk of cavities as they are still learning healthy and responsible eating and oral hygiene habits.
However, dental sealants are also an effective preventive measure for adults who want to keep their teeth decay-free. In some cases, dental sealants are also placed on young children with baby teeth whose fissures have deepened. This is done to preserve the health of the baby teeth since they play a very important role in the health of the permanent adult teeth.
Bear in mind that dental sealants are a preventive option and are therefore placed on healthy teeth. People who have teeth that have dental restorations like dental fillings and dental crowns are not eligible for dental sealants.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
Dental sealants can last for up to 10 years. However, they may become cracked or chipped over time. It is important that you get them evaluated during your routine dental checkup appointment at HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth. If necessary, dental sealants can be easily reapplied to your teeth.
If you are concerned with the health of your teeth, call (682) 516-3532 today to schedule an appointment with us. Based on your oral condition, we will determine whether a dental sealant is an effective treatment for you. We also offer dental cleanings, dental exams, dental fillings, dental porcelain crowns, and other preventive and restorative dental options for the continued health of your teeth.