Sealants are acrylic coatings Warrington Dental applies to the top of your molars. They fill in the depressions of your molar, sealing that area of your tooth against cavity-causing plaque. Sealing each tooth only takes a few minutes.
Warrington Dental color-matches your sealant so it blends perfectly with your tooth. This way, you can take this proactive step to protect your oral health without compromising the beauty of your smile.
Generally, sealants are most effective when applied as soon as adult teeth come through the surface of the gums. That said, as long as your tooth is healthy, you can have sealants applied at any point in your life.
Each time you brush your teeth, you work to clean the plaque that causes tooth decay off every surface of each tooth. Your toothbrush is a highly effective tool for removing plaque from your tooth’s smooth surfaces, but it doesn’t always reach into the small grooves and angles of the interior of your molars. The uneven surface at the top of each molar creates an ideal place for plaque to develop and grow over time. In fact, that’s part of the reason why cavities most commonly develop on molars.
When you get your teeth sealed at Warrington Dental, you eliminate that opportunity for plaque to grow. After receiving your sealant, the top surface of your molar is smoothed. That way, you can easily clean it with your toothbrush. This significantly reduces your risk of tooth decay.
Sealants are designed to last between three and five years. That said, it’s not uncommon for them to last significantly longer.
Every time you eat, your sealant takes some of the wear and tear of the teeth grinding that occurs as you chew. Over time, this causes them to break down. Provided you’re visiting Warrington Dental for your biannual teeth cleanings, you don’t need to worry about how much wear your sealants have undergone and when to reapply them. The dedicated dental team will check your sealants each time you visit their office. And they’ll let you know when it’s time to have your tooth resealed.
Getting a cavity filled is a costly, uncomfortable process. Avoid it by having sealants applied to your teeth the next time you visit Warrington Dental. To get started, call the office or book your appointment online today.