Your teeth are prone to damage from bacteria and decay, so it’s important to protect them in any way that you can. Dental sealants provide a barrier between your teeth and everything that comes into contact with them, making them less vulnerable to cavities and decay. At Zenith Dental Arts in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Lior Neuman, DDS, offers sealants to children and adults alike. To schedule your appointment for sealants, call Zenith Dental Arts or make an appointment using the online scheduling tool today.
Dental Sealants Q & A
What are sealants?
Sealants are plastic coverings for the chewing surfaces of your teeth. They stick to your teeth semi-permanently to protect the vulnerable grooves from trapping bacteria and debris. When bacteria gets trapped on and around your teeth, they begin to decay and develop cavities. Sealants reduce the risk of decay in your molars by 80%.
What are the benefits of sealants?
Sealants have many benefits for your oral health. You should consider getting sealants for yourself or your child because they are:
- Quick and easy to apply
- Long lasting and durable
- Invisible or tooth-colored
- Protective against tooth decay
- Able to keep your teeth clean and free from food particles
Tooth decay leads to a myriad of oral health issues and diseases if it is left untreated. In the worst cases, you can lose your teeth permanently. Sealants provide an extra barrier against the bacteria that leads to decay and disease.
What should I expect at my appointment for sealants?
At your sealant application appointment, Dr. Neuman thoroughly cleans your teeth and dries them. He puts a gel over your teeth that gives them a rough surface for the sealants to bond onto.
Then, he paints a tooth-colored or clear coating onto the grooved chewing surfaces of your molars. Once the sealant has covered all of the grooves, Dr. Neuman dries it with a bright blue light. The whole process is quick and painless. Your sealants can last for up to ten years and are easily replaced if they come off.
Who should get sealants?
Anyone can benefit from getting sealants on their teeth. The earlier in life you can get them, the better chance you have good long term oral health. They’re great for children and teens who are still developing a thorough teeth brushing method and need an extra barrier to protect them.
Adults who brush perfectly and already practice optimal oral hygiene can get sealants to fortify their already healthy teeth. Adults who are at a higher risk of cavities because of their diet or habits can benefit from the extra protection, too.
Everyone’s teeth can use an extra layer of protection to help preserve them. To make your appointment for sealants, call Zenith Dental Arts or use the convenient online scheduling tool today.