Dental Sealants Spokane, WA
Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get in-between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Research has shown that almost everybody has a 95 percent chance of eventually experiencing cavities in the pits and grooves of their teeth.
Riverfront Dental, your Spokane, WA dentist, offers sealants as a way to give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities. Read on to learn more about sealants or call our office today for more information or to book an appointment.
What are sealants?
Dental sealants are plastic resins that work by filling in all the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, then bond and harden onto the tooth. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. This also shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth causing cavities.
Are sealants only for children's teeth?
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after the permanent teeth have erupted. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
How long do sealants stay on your teeth?
The application of sealants is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay. Sealants typically last from three to five years, but it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants come off, let your dentist know, and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be re-sealed.