What are dental sealants and why are dental sealants necessary?
Dental sealants are often recommended by dentists for tooth decay prevention. The sealant is a plastic coating applied to teeth with deep pits and fissures on the biting surfaces. These are usually the areas that are most vulnerable to tooth decay. A dental sealant acts as a flowable material that slides into the deep pits and fissures to fill them, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface that protects teeth against cavities.
Dental sealants are usually applied to molars and premolars in order to prevent tooth decay. Teeth located towards the back of the mouth often need the most protection from cavities and decay. Since the back teeth take care of the majority of our chewing, they come into the most contact with food and are therefore the most susceptible to cavities and tooth decay.
The Importance of dental sealants
Proper brushing and flossing are the best tools for preventing cavities and tooth decay; however, dental sealants can provide additional protection when necessary. Dental sealants can be used on both children and adults and usually last up to 10 years. They work best in pediatric dentistry when they are applied immediately after a child’s permanent molars come in.
How are dental sealants applied?
Dr. Leana and the JVR Dental team take the utmost care when applying dental sealants. It is a simple, pain-free process in which the dental hygienist or pediatric dentist brushes the plastic coating onto the teeth. The process does not take too long and does not require any freezing or pain relief. Over time, dental sealants will eventually begin to wear. Luckily, dental sealant replacement is a simple process that can easily be completed by JVR Dental.
Book a dental sealant appointment in Langley
Booking a dental sealant appointment in Langley is easy. Dr. Leana and the JVR Dental team have many years of dental sealant experience. If you live in the Langley, Aldergrove or Maple Ridge areas and are considering dental sealants, please contact JVR Dental. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants to determine if dental sealants are suitable for you or your child, book an appointment with JVR Dental today.