Dental sealants are an effective way to protect the tooth from bacteria and decay. At Chianese Dental, dental sealants are available for eligible patients in Toms River, New Jersey and beyond.
Who Can Get Dental Sealants?
Nearly everyone can get dental sealants, depending on individual circumstances. They are most commonly recommended for children since children’s teeth are often more susceptible to bacteria and tooth decay than adults. However, adults can benefit from dental sealants, too. To find out if you’re eligible for a dental sealants treatment, consult with your Chianese Dental dentist.
How Does Dental Sealants Treatment Work?
To understand how long dental sealants last, it’s best to have an understanding of the dental sealants treatment process.
First, your Chianese Dental dentist will do a thorough analysis to determine if dental sealants are for you. This can be done during an appointment that is for another treatment. Next, a separate appointment will be made for you to do the dental sealants treatment. This is because, even though the dental sealants treatment is non-invasive, it does take some time.
During your appointment to get dental sealants, your tooth will be thoroughly cleaned. The tooth will then be completely dried, and cotton will be applied to keep the tooth dry. A solution will be applied that makes the tooth surface tacky so that the sealant will better adhere. Next, the tooth will be air dried again, with a new layer of absorbent cotton to maintain the dry state.
Now the tooth is ready for the sealant. The sealant is in liquid form, and a small tool is used to apply it to the tooth. It will harden almost immediately. That’s the last step in the dental sealant treatment process.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
Dental sealants can last up to 10 years. The actual length of time depends on several factors, including the quality of the original dental sealants treatment, the routine dental hygiene practices of the patient, and the kinds of food that the patient routinely chews. The first factor; the quality of the original dental sealants treatment, is important. That’s why it’s recommended that you get your dental sealants treatment at Chianese Dental in Toms River New Jersey. Chianese Dental has a long and upstanding reputation as a dentist in Toms River that does dental sealant treatment.
The next factor, regarding the oral hygiene practices of the patient, can be ensured by following the oral care treatment advice of your dentist. As long as you follow your dentist’s recommended brushing, flossing and rinsing advice, you can expect your dental sealants to have the best chances of lasting the maximum amount of time of 10 years.
Finally, it’s important not to abuse the teeth. Chewing on hard things like ice will naturally cause more wear and tear on dental sealants. Even seemingly innocuous foods such as the breading on overdone fried chicken or popcorn can accidentally cause damage to your dental sealants. To care better for your dental sealants, be sure to have regular dental appointments so you can see right away if the sealants are suffering due to food choices.
Dental sealants can help to safeguard your oral health. For a consultation to see if dental sealants are for you, contact Chianese Dental today.