Sealants in Glen Mills, PA
When it comes to gaining access to those hard-to-reach places in your mouth, sometimes brushing just isn’t enough. Toothbrushes are not designed to get in between tiny crevices and grooves of the teeth. If these areas are left untouched by your toothbrush, the result can be deteriorating tooth decay. Sealants add an extra layer of protection against decay and can even help to prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are not noticeable to the naked eye. They are made of a plastic resin material that hardens and adheres to the deep groves of the tooth’s surface. Sealants smooth out these tiny grooves, making it less likely plaque will settle in and stay for an extended visit. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and keeping plaque away is a piece of cake.
In children, sealants are generally applied as a preventive measure after the eruption of permanent teeth to keep away tooth decay. Some dentists may recommend sealants for primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, but normally it is more common to only seal permanent teeth. This is determined on a case-by-case basis by your dentist at Brandywine Dental Services Group.
Sealants can last anywhere from three to five years. However, it is not uncommon to see adults that still have sealants intact that they received during childhood visits to the dentist. Keep in mind that a sealant only offers protection when it is completely together. Therefore, if your sealants come off, make sure you let us know right away. We’ll schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to have your teeth resealed.