If you have any damage to a particular part of your tooth or wish to further protect your teeth from dangers such as tooth decay and cavities, dental sealants are a great procedure. Dental sealants are most often used for molars, which tend to be the most at risk for cavities. Dental sealants place a normally clear substance on your teeth that can guard against damage caused by tooth decay.
Dental sealants are placed on your teeth with a specialized gel. The gel is hardened under a special light. Once the gel hardens, it is capable of combating the effects of cavities and many other oral invaders that seek to destroy your smile. If the sealant is ever damaged, it can be reapplied as necessary — as the layers are thin — and used many times over. A typical dental sealant can last upwards of a decade.
Studies have proven that dental sealants are extremely effective at keeping tooth decay at bay. The Center for Disease Control states that children with dental sealants are three times less likely to have cavities. However, sealants should not be used on infants, but should be first implemented when children get their first molars, often at the age of 6. Once applied, the risk of tooth decay drops by 80%.
To learn more about dental bonding and to schedule a visit, contact Weeder Pediatric Dentistry at (402) 932.1177. Come visit Dr. Greg Weeder and our team at our dentist office in La Vista, Nebraska by booking an appointment at your earliest convenience. The smile of your dreams is only a visit away!