In the realm of general dentistry, dental sealants serve as a preventive measure designed to protect teeth from decay and damage. At Sisko Dentistry in Tallmadge, we pride ourselves on offering advanced sealant procedures to fortify your teeth and preserve your natural smile.

A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth.  More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves.  Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay.  A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.

Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.

Symptoms Indicating the Need for Sealants

  • Visible food trapping within the molar and premolar regions after meals.
  • Previous fillings in molars and premolars due to cavities.
  • Teeth showing signs of early enamel wear or demineralization.
  • Discoloration or staining in the deep grooves of teeth.
  • Sensitivity in the molars and premolars when consuming hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages.
  • Children or teenagers with braces, making cleaning certain teeth surfaces challenging.
  • A family history of dental decay or weak enamel.
  • Frequent consumption of sugary or acidic foods and drinks, increasing the risk for cavities.

Reasons to Consider Dental Sealants

  • Enhanced Protection: Sealants provide a protective shield over the enamel, reducing the risk of decay from trapped food and bacteria in the crevices of molars.
  • Children and Teenagers Benefit: These age groups are more prone to cavities in the grooves of their molars and premolars, making sealants an effective preventive measure.
  • Cost-Effective: Opting for sealants can minimize future dental expenses by preventing cavities and the need for subsequent treatments.
Child smiling at the dentist after getting Sealants placed on their teeth

Reasons for sealants:

  • Children and teenagers – As soon as the six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear or any time throughout the cavity-prone years of 6-16.
  • Adults – Tooth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions.
  • Baby teeth – Occasionally done if teeth have deep grooves or depressions and the child is cavity prone.

What do sealants involve?

Sealants are easily applied by your dentist or dental hygienist and the process takes only a couple of minutes per tooth.

The teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and then surrounded with cotton to keep the area dry.  A special solution is applied to the enamel surface to help the sealant bond to the teeth.  The teeth are then rinsed and dried.  Sealant material is carefully painted onto the enamel surface to cover the deep grooves or depressions.  Depending on the type of sealant used, the material will either harden automatically or with a special curing light.

Proper home care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new sealants.

Sealants Application Process

  • Teeth Cleaning: The doctor will first ensure the teeth are thoroughly cleaned to remove any plaque or food debris.
  • Preparation: The tooth surface is then prepared with a special solution to ensure optimal adherence of the sealant.
  • Application: The sealant material is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly and hardens, forming a protective layer.

Proactive Measures for Dental Health

While dental sealants offer an additional layer of protection against decay, they don’t replace the foundational pillars of oral health. Daily oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing and flossing, remain paramount. A balanced diet, rich in nutrients and low in sugars and acids, is another crucial aspect. Such dietary habits not only prolong the life of the sealants but also offer a broader shield against tooth decay.

Moreover, frequent visits to the doctor are indispensable. These routine check-ups ensure early detection of potential issues, facilitating timely management and intervention. And while sealants provide robust protection, treating them with care is essential. It’s wise to avoid chewing on hard items, such as ice, as these can exert undue pressure on the sealants, potentially leading to damage.

Looking Ahead: Sealants & Your Dental Health

Dental sealants stand as a testament to modern dentistry’s commitment to lasting defense. With meticulous care and attention, these sealants promise protection that spans several years, although periodic reapplication might be a consideration. They aren’t a standalone measure but a cog in the comprehensive machinery of holistic dental care. Alongside regular cleanings and fluoride treatments, sealants are pivotal in ensuring a full-spectrum approach to dental well-being.

The assurance of this multi-faceted protection bestows upon individuals an invaluable peace of mind. Knowing that your teeth are well-shielded fosters a heightened sense of security about one’s oral health. However, like all good things, sealants require their share of maintenance. As time marches on, they may display signs of wear and tear. Regular dental check-ups become imperative in such scenarios, ensuring that the sealants continue to function optimally, safeguarding your precious smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are dental sealants made of?

Dental sealants are composed of a resin-based material that safely adheres to the tooth surface, providing an effective barrier against decay-causing bacteria.

How long do dental sealants last at Sisko Dentistry?

With appropriate care, dental sealants can last for several years. However, regular check-ups at Sisko Dentistry ensure they remain effective and intact, addressing any wear or chipping that might occur over time.

Are dental sealants just for children or can adults benefit as well?

While dental sealants are commonly recommended for children and teenagers due to their vulnerability to cavities, adults with no decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from them. It’s always best to consult with our doctor to determine if sealants are right for you.

Stepping Towards a Healthier Smile

Preserving the integrity and health of your teeth is within reach. At Sisko Dentistry, our aim is to equip you with all the tools and treatments necessary for a lifetime of radiant smiles. Are you considering dental sealants or have further queries about their benefits? Contact us today at (330) 633-9510 and embark on a proactive journey towards optimal oral health.

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