Dental Sealants in Fort Worth, TX
Protect Your Smile from Cavities
Some areas of your mouth, such as your back molars, are difficult to reach with a toothbrush or dental floss. As a result, bacteria may begin to flourish in these back teeth no matter how good your oral hygiene is otherwise. This may lead to gum disease, cavities, or tooth decay.
Fortunately, there’s a way to protect these molars from bacteria. At Lake Country Dental, we’re proud to offer state-of-the-art dental sealants to give you extra protection against cavities. Read our guide below to learn how dental sealants can protect your teeth and keep them looking their best.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin coatings of special plastic applied to the surface of your teeth. This material will harden and bond to the grooves of your teeth to better protect them from plaque and other bacteria. Best of all, the smooth and protected surfaces of dental sealants are easier to keep clean with regular brushing and flossing than your existing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants offer many advantages. Some of these benefits include:
- Protection against decay and cavities
- Easy to maintain and clean
- Improved oral hygiene
- Durable and long-lasting
- Quick and minimally invasive procedure
- Comfortable fit
The Dental Sealant Procedure
The dental sealant process is quick, easy, and non-invasive. To start, Dr. Snider will perform a deep cleaning on the teeth receiving sealants to eliminate any bacteria. He’ll then dry the teeth and apply a bonding agent that will help attach the sealant securely to your teeth.
Finally, Dr. Snider will paint the liquid sealants onto your teeth, filling in any crevice where bacteria could gather. A special light will then be used to harden the sealant. Once the sealants have completely hardened, you can rest assured knowing your teeth are protected from bacteria and cavities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can adults get dental sealants?
Dental sealants are primarily used for children and teenagers as a guard against decay and cavities. However, adults who don’t have fillings and experience decayed teeth may benefit from sealants in some cases. After all, you don’t outgrow the risk of cavities.
Just as with younger patients, sealants can protect your teeth from bacteria and prevent severe oral health issues like gum disease and tooth loss from developing. Dr. Snider will examine your oral health and determine if sealants are the right treatment option for you during your initial consultation.
How long do dental sealants last?
With proper oral hygiene, dental sealants can last up to ten years. Practicing a good oral health routine by brushing and flossing twice a day can keep your sealants and natural teeth in great condition.
It’s also essential to visit Dr. Snider for regular cleanings and check-ups so he can make sure your sealants aren’t chipped or starting to wear away. If he finds any issues, one of our hygienists can repair your sealants by adding more of the specialized resin material.
Can dental sealants be removed?
While sealants can be removed, they’re typically only taken out if severely damaged or worn down. Generally, if sealants are removed, they’re replaced with new ones. Replacing a damaged sealant is a simple process that can be completed in one short appointment at our Fort Worth office.
Schedule Your Appointment with Dr. Snider
Dental sealants are a great option for patients looking to give their teeth an added guard against cavities. To learn more about this procedure or to schedule an appointment at our Fort Worth office, contact us at (817) 236-8771. You can also fill out an online contact form and a team member will get back to you shortly.