What is a sealant?
Approximately 60%-70% of adolescents between the ages of 12 to 19 have cavities that affect their permanent teeth. Dental sealants can help prevent these cavities from forming and are recommended for all children once permanent teeth have erupted. A sealant is a thin plastic film that is painted on a tooth to protect the tooth from food and bacteria that could otherwise cause cavities. Teeth have ridges and grooves that are difficult or impossible to clean with a toothbrush, and a sealant helps protect these vulnerable areas.
Are dental sealants painful?
Receiving a dental sealant is a painless treatment that takes just a matter of minutes to complete. When you receive sealants in our office, Dr. Glenn Edens will place the sealant on the tooth and then harden it with a special light. The entire process can be completed in just a few minutes.
Are sealants effective?
Sealants are extremely effective when paired with good brushing and flossing habits and applied to permanent teeth after they first erupt. Sealants are generally effective for several years before they need reapplied. Dental sealants are effective for both children and adults.
If you would like more information about dental sealants in Easley, South Carolina, please contact our friendly dental team at Lightway Family Dentistry; our caring dentist and staff are happy to assist you.