We all do our best to brush our teeth thoroughly every day, but some teeth are harder to clean than others. The deep ridges of the molars often look and feel clean after a brushing, but mouth bacteria are microscopic. They can hide in spaces too small for the toothbrush to reach. Dental sealants are an effective way to protect the molars from bacteria and decay. They provide a physical barrier that prevents bacteria from hiding in the deep ridges of the back teeth and demineralizing tooth enamel.
At Jack Haney, DDS, we provide general, cosmetic and family dentistry. We want every member of your family to have beautiful smiles that stay healthy for life. If you are interested in sealants or other protective measures, such as night guards or sports guards, contact Knoxville family dentist Dr. Jack Haney today. Call 865-693-6886 to make an appointment.
Sealants Can Protect the Molars for Years
Sealants are made from plastic materials that are bonded to the teeth. Once applied, a sealant can protect the tooth for up to ten years. Over time, it will slowly wear away, so they don’t need to removed.
Sealants are Easy and Fast to Apply
Applying sealants to the teeth takes only a few minutes and can reduce decay in the molars up to 80 percent. Once Dr. Haney has determined that the teeth are in good condition, he will clean and dry the teeth, and then apply an acidic gel that gently roughens the surface of the tooth. This does not damage the enamel but ensures the sealant will form a strong bond to the tooth. The sealant is then “painted” onto the tooth, and then hardened with a special curing light.
Sealants Can Only Be Used on Unrestored Teeth
Sealants are a great way to seal out bacteria, but they can only be used on teeth that are healthy (or in the earliest stages of decay). This means that if you already have fillings in your back teeth, those teeth cannot get sealants. For this reason, we encourage parents to choose this treatment when their children are young, before the teeth have the chance to develop cavities that need fillings.
Sealants are Made from Safe Plastics
Sealants do not contain Bisphenol A (BPA), which is a form of plastic that’s been identified as having negative health effects. Some sealants may contain compounds that turn into BPA when they come into contact with saliva, but we counteract this potential effect by scrubbing and rinsing the sealant after application. The potential for BPA exposure from sealants may be there, but it is extremely low. You actually come into greater contact with BPA from inhaling everyday dust or touching a receipt.
Sealants Are for Everyone
Children are the most common patients to receive sealants, but they can be used on patients of all ages. If your back teeth are free from decay and restorations, a dental sealant can help you keep them that way! Ask Dr. Haney about sealants at your next appointment to find out if they are right for your teeth.
Knoxville family dentist Dr. Jack Haney wants your family to have every advantage in the fight to prevent tooth decay. Sealants are proven, safe way to help you keep the back teeth free from bacterial damage. Make an appointment at Jack Haney, DDS by call 865-693-6886 today!