Dental sealants are a great way to protect the most vulnerable teeth from decay. Patients who struggle with decay, including all of our minor age patients, can have their teeth hermetically sealed. By creating a barrier between the teeth and plaque, we can prevent damage and the need for restoration. Dr. Hablutzel, along with our professional hygienist, can evaluate your level of plaque and determine if sealants would be beneficial for you.
Different teeth in our mouth have different jobs, and based on those jobs, their exposure to plaque and bacteria can vary. The front teeth are used for biting, they are designed to be flat and sharp, they may make initial contact with food, but the exposure is short. The back teeth, or molars, are used for breaking down food, also known as chewing. Molars are designed to be flat and wide in areas, but this is mixed with varying peaks and depressions that help break up food when chewing. Some of this ridges can easily hide food and plaque, making it difficult to remove when brushing. Debris that is allowed to remain in place will cause decay, damaging the enamel, possibly the dentin or even the root of your tooth. We can fill these crevices, creating a layer to protect your teeth with the simple application of dental sealants.
Dental sealants are a liquid plastic material that is simply brushed onto the surface of your clean teeth. Once dried, the sealants will harden in place, creating a strong barrier around the tooth. This will prevent food, plaque, and bacteria from gaining access to the tooth. The Journal of American Dental Association (ADA) stated in July 2016 that ‘sealants on permanent molars reduce the risk of cavities by 80%’ and the evidence we have experienced support this finding. Where the assumption of children and cavities went hand in hand, we are now increasingly seeing children reach adulthood without ever experiencing a cavity. This will mean healthier teeth, longer. Since people are also living longer, we want to do what we can to protect your natural teeth as long as possible.
Are dental sealants safe?Dental sealants are a plastic material that contains a minimal level of BPA. Some patients are wary of this, but the amount used is well below the acceptable level for use on your teeth. The ADA has stated that dental sealants are safe, ‘Breathing air exposes people to about 100 times more BPA than dental sealants.’ Their study compares the level of BPA in normal encounters, including dust and air, and dental sealants contained significantly less. There has been no indication of dental sealants being unsafe for use when applied correctly by a dental professional.
Who should get dental sealants?We recommend that all patients under the age of 18, and any patient who suffers from high levels of plaque, consider having dental sealants applied. They can protect your teeth from decay, and the need for treatment, prolonging the health and life of your teeth. We are happy to examine and review the status and shape of your teeth to help you determine if dental sealants would be beneficial for you.