Dental sealants for children and adults for preventative care
Dr. Bryce Eagar is a professional at Gateway Oral Health Center, located in St. George, Utah, who provides a range of dental care solutions for new and returning patients in the Washington County community. This includes preventative dentistry solutions such as dental sealants. Dental sealants play an important role in protecting natural tooth structures from tooth decay and other potential problems that can negatively affect the smile’s health.
What is a dental sealant?
A dental sealant is best described as a thin, plastic film applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars–the teeth furthest back in the mouth. This sealant acts as a barrier, protecting these teeth from decay-causing bacteria and food particles.
Who can benefit from dental sealants?
Sealants are typically used on children’s teeth since they are more likely than adults to develop cavities in their molars and premolars. But adults can also benefit from sealants, especially if they have deep grooves in their teeth or if they have had tooth decay in the past. This is also true for patients using a sealant for sensitive teeth, reducing discomfort and pain that might occur with certain foods and beverages.
What happens when placing a cavity sealant on the teeth?
Applying sealants is quick and easy:
- The teeth are cleaned and dried.
- A special gel is placed onto the tooth surface to help the sealant bond to the tooth.
- The dental sealant is painted onto the tooth and allowed to harden.
The entire process usually takes less than 30 minutes.
How long will a dental sealant last?
Sealants will last many years, but they will eventually need to be replaced. Your dentist will check the sealants at your regular dental visits and reapply them if necessary.
How do I learn more about quality dental sealants?
If you are interested in cavity sealants or other preventative dentistry solutions for your smile, connect with Dr. Bryce Eagar of Gateway Oral Health Center in St. George, UT. His office is at 720 South River Road, Suite #B-210, and is open to new patients who call (435) 656-0255 for an appointment.