Dentist Danbury

When it comes to your dental health, it’s preferable to take preventive measures to care for your teeth than to fix problems after they arise. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. One of the most effective preventive measures for oral health is sealants for your teeth. Our office in Danbury, Connecticut is pleased to offer sealants to help keep your smile healthy and cavity-free.

This seal protects your teeth from food and germs in spots that are commonly difficult to reach with brushing and flossing. Dental sealants are made from a thin plastic resin that bonds with your teeth and hardens to create a thin seal over the deep groove in your tooth’s surface. Made from clear or tooth-colored bonding material, sealants are invisible once applied to teeth.

Who is a Good Candidate for Sealants?

Children are most commonly ideal candidates for dental sealants. Sealants can be applied as soon as permanent molars appear – around age 6 for first molars and 12 for secondary molars.

While sealant application is most common for children, sealants can be applied on cavity-free teeth for patients of any age.

What is the Sealant Process Like?

Getting sealants couldn’t be easier or more comfortable! The application process is quick and entirely pain-free.

First, teeth are cleaned to ensure no bacteria is trapped under the sealant. Next, the tooth is dried, and an acid solution is applied. This solution roughens the tooth’s surface slightly to aid the bonding process for the sealant. Finally, the sealant is painted on the tooth and hardens within a few minutes. Sometimes, a special curing light is used to aid the drying process.

And you’re done! Following sealant placement, you can immediately resume your regular activities.

How Effective Are Sealants At Preventing Tooth Decay?

When properly maintained, sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. Research has shown sealants are 80% effective in preventing cavities for the first two years and 50% effective in preventing cavities after four years.

With care, sealants can protect your teeth for up to ten years. However, the seals must be checked for chips and wear at regular dental checkups.

Are There Any Special Restrictions Once I Have Sealants?

Overall, sealants won’t change your lifestyle at all. Your teeth should not look or feel any different once the sealants are applied. You can eat, drink, and speak normally immediately following placement.

To properly care for your sealants, you must avoid chewing hard candies as they can break the sealant. It’s also critical to avoid chewing sticky foods such as caramel, toffee, and gummy candies, as the sealants can stick to them and remove the sealant from your tooth.

Sealants are one of the simplest ways you can protect your teeth from decay. By applying sealants, you take a significant step toward keeping your teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime.

If you’re interested in protecting your teeth with sealants, call our Danbury, Connecticut office, and let us help you keep your smile healthy and strong.