What Are Sealants?
By Robert Dawe, DDS
February 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

Dental sealants help protect your teeth from decay by preventing bacteria from becoming trapped in the small crevices on the surface of dentistteeth. Brushing does not always completely remove trapped bacteria, a presence which can eventually contribute to the development of tooth decay. Sealants are used to cover crevices on the surface of teeth so that bacteria cannot become trapped in the first place. At Granville Dental in Granville, IL, Dr. Robert Dawe and Dr. Evan Fiedler are your family dentists for dental sealants! They are proud to serve the surrounding areas of Peru, Spring Valley, Princeton, Oglesby, and La Salle, IL.

 

How Sealants Help

There are pits, grooves, and crevices on the surface of the teeth, particularly on the molars. Food particles and bacteria can easily become trapped in these areas. Since they are so small, brushing does not always remove all the trapped bacteria. As bacteria lingers in the crevices on teeth, plaque can form and eventually lead to the development of tooth decay.

Dental sealants help prevent tooth decay by sealing the pits, grooves, and crevices in teeth so that there is nowhere for bacteria to become trapped and hidden. Sealants form a protective coating over the surface of teeth, and they are especially beneficial to children, although they can be applied to both youth and adult teeth. Children with dental sealants are much less likely to develop cavities than children without them. Your Princeton area family dentists at Granville Dental can help you decide if sealants are right for anyone in your family.

 

How Sealants are Applied

Sealants are most often applied to the molars, due to how the large chewing surfaces of these back teeth contain many crevices that can attract bacteria, and are thus vulnerable to decay. To apply sealants, the teeth are first cleaned, after which the sealant material is then brushed onto the surface areas of vulnerable teeth. Once applied, the sealants are cured with a special light to help them dry and harden faster. As sealants dry and harden, a smooth protective barrier forms across the teeth. Sealants can potentially last for several years before being reapplied.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

Sealants are a highly effective method for protecting the teeth from cavity-causing bacteria. Sealants can be easily applied to vulnerable teeth right in your dentist’s office. To learn more about how sealants can help, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dawe or Dr. Fiedler, your Princeton area family dentists, by calling Granville Dental at (815) 339-6888.

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