Have you ever wondered what a dental sealant is? Many of us have heard of dental sealants although not everyone understands their primary purpose and function.
Dr. Leana and the JVR Dental team specialize in all types of general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry including dental sealants. JVR Dental has been providing the Langley and Aldergrove communities with dental services for many years and is here to help answer the most commonly asked questions about dental sealants.
Why are dental sealants necessary?
Dental sealants are usually applied to teeth with deep pits and fissures on their biting surface. The deep pits and fissures make these teeth the most challenging to clean and protect from tooth decay and disease. Since these teeth are the most vulnerable and susceptible to tooth decay, a dental sealant acts as a smooth, flowable layer over the pits and fissures allowing it to be cleaned more easily.
How does a dental sealant work?
A dental sealant is a plastic coating applied to teeth with deep pits and fissures. This coating helps create a surface that is smooth and easy to clean with a toothbrush. The coating is only applied to back teeth that are frequently used for chewing.
Do dental sealants hurt?
Absolutely not. Dental sealants are a fast, simple, pain-free process in which a thin, plastic coating is brushed onto the teeth. Dental sealants do not require any freezing or pain relievers.
How long do dental sealants last?
On average, dental sealants can last up to 10 years. For the best results, it is important to schedule ongoing check-ups with a dentist to ensure that the dental sealants are kept in good shape. If, at any point, the dental sealant begins to wear, replacing it is a simple process.
Why do back teeth decay so easily?
Back teeth have deep fissures and pits which make them ideal for chewing. Because our back teeth are used primarily for chewing, they come into contact with food the most. These deep fissures and pits are challenging to reach with a toothbrush and are therefore more susceptible to tooth decay over time.
Are there other ways to prevent tooth decay?
The best way to prevent tooth decay is through a consistent brushing routine. When brushing, spend time getting your toothbrush into the deep fissures and pits of your back teeth. It is also important to rinse your mouth out after brushing. Booking regular dentist appointments and consulting with your family dentist can also help prevent tooth decay over time.
Do you have more questions about dental sealants? For more information on dental sealants and other dental services in Langley, contact JVR Dental through our website or give us a call at 604-371-3138. JVR Dental offers many different types of dental services including dental cleaning, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and child dentistry. For appointments, please call us at our Langley office or book an appointment through our website.