Dental Sealants | Austin TX
Why do I need sealants?
One of the most common places to get a cavity is in the grooves of the teeth called pits and fissures. Plaque loves to accumulate in these pits and fissures and uses food trapped in these pits and fissures to produce lactic acid that causes tooth decay. An effective way to prevent these cavities is to seal the grooves and fissures with a flowable filling material that hardens when a curing light is placed on it. Studies have shown sealants to be a cost effective method for preventing cavities and often saves patients money in the long term.
Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.