Have you been thinking about getting dental sealants? Perhaps a family member or coworker suggested them to you. Either way, Dr. Beaufils highly recommends that patients of all ages get dental sealants to help protect their teeth from tooth decay and cavities!
Dental sealants are a form of preventive dentistry that is fast, easy, and effective. The special plastic formula acts as a protective barrier for deep pits or grooves in the teeth. Think about it like a mini-shield in your teeth that defends against unwanted bacteria and cavities. The sealants are most commonly applied to the back teeth, but can be used on any teeth that may be at risk. Additionally, sealants were made to stand up against chewing, brushing, and eating, so they can last years at a time.
Dr. Beaufils suggests starting young, as they can be especially beneficial in kids and teens. They should be reapplied every six years, or as needed. Plus, dental sealants are clear or white so they are hard to spot and they can even give your tooth a smoother, cleaner appearance.
In a few words, the application process for dental sealants is quick, simple, and painless. No shots, anesthetics, or drilling is required.
At Beaufils Dental, we begin the process by cleaning and drying your teeth. If any other treatments were provided, the sealants will be placed last so they can dry properly. After the teeth are dry, then a gel formula will be applied to the crevices in your teeth. This helps the sealant to cling to the tooth. Finally, the sealant formula is administered and left to cure. A light source may be used. Once dried, the sealants are semi-permanent and will usually last for five to ten years.
Sealants can be beneficial for a number of reasons and can help maintain dental health at any age. For children, especially, sealants can be used as a preventive measure that can help you save time and money on dental care later in life.
For example, if you get sealants placed on your children’s molars as soon as they come in, and then have them reapplied as their teeth re-grow and form, you will be greatly reducing their risk of developing a cavity. On top of this, sealants offer a coating that will help your teeth maintain their enamel even when exposed to harsh acids or sugars. They will also reduce harmful bacteria’s from getting stuck to any ridges in the mouth. Overall, the benefit of sealants is a cleaner, healthier mouth.
When properly cared for, sealants can be exceptionally effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay and maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Keep in mind that just because you have sealants doesn’t mean you can slack on your dental health! Regular brushing and flossing should be maintained.
Additionally, avoid chewing on hard foods, like ice or tough candies as they can wear away at the sealants and require them to be replaced sooner. Sealants are a remarkable form of cosmetic and preventive dentistry, and can be beneficial and effective for everyone. Dr. Beaufils suggests you come back every six months to a year for a regular check-up.
While all dental offices are different, the average cost of sealants is $45 per tooth. Compared to the cost of corrective dentistry, having sealants applied can be a cost-effective way to maintain dental health for you and your entire family. More than 75% of tooth decay accumulates in those tricky groves and having sealants regularly applied can help to greatly reduce your risk of exposure to tooth decay.
Convinced, yet? If you wish to make the beneficial decision to have sealants placed and learn more about their pricing, contact Beaufils Dental at 954-252-1390. We offer a wide variety of dental services at our Cooper City office!