Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants

Dr. Mary Ellen Wynn showing patient x-rays for her dental sealants

The surface of your teeth is covered in tiny cracks and grooves. Sometimes it is very difficult for a toothbrush to reach into these cracks to clean them – even if you brush several times a day. Over time, food and bacteria can get trapped in these areas. If ignored, these particles can cause cavities, decay, and even tooth loss.

 

Thankfully, there is a solution! At Mary Ellen Wynn, DDS, we are proud to offer fast, effective dental sealant treatment. With dental sealants, you can strengthen your teeth and give them an extra layer of protection. 

 

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic resin that can be bonded to the surface of your teeth. Sealants fill in the deep grooves of your teeth and harden to create a solid barrier. Once your treatment is complete, these sealants will make the surface of your tooth smoother — making your teeth easier to clean and protect from plaque and bacteria.

 

Who should get sealants?

Sealants are very important for children with newly erupted permanent teeth, but they can help adults prone to decay, as well. They provide a simple but effective preventative measure against cavities and tooth decay. 

 

Although this treatment is most common among children, it is great for adults as well! Sealants can help strengthen your teeth and make them easier than ever to care for and protect.

 

What does the treatment process involve?

Placing a dental sealant is a quick and straightforward process. We always begin by conducting an exam. This allows us to ensure that sealants are the best option for your oral health. After an examination, Dr. Wynn and her skilled team will make sure your teeth are completely clean – even in the hard-to-reach spaces.

 

After your cleaning, your teeth will be dried and the sealant will be placed over your tooth or teeth. Once the resin is in place, Dr. Wynn will bond it to your tooth or teeth with a curing light.

 

How long do sealants last?

Depending on a patient’s personal hygiene, dental sealants can last from three to five years. However, it is possible for them to last even longer with good care. In fact, we sometimes see adults with sealants from their childhood.

 

If a sealant falls off or breaks, let your dentist know right away. Sealants can only protect your teeth when they are fully intact. 

 

To learn more about dental sealants, contact our office. We would be happy to answer any questions or schedule a consultation!

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