Dental sealants are a highly effective preventative treatment that our Morristown, NJ office offers. They work by preventing tooth decay on the biting surfaces of teeth used for chewing, mainly the molars and the premolars. A thin and protective acrylic coating is added to the surface of the tooth. This seals off the deep grooves where decay is most likely to begin.
You can almost think of them as a raincoat for your tooth. Picture food particles as the rain that a raincoat protects you from. The sealants block the particles from getting stuck in crevasses and stops the cavity forming acids from settling on your teeth.
Sealants are shown to reduce the risk of decay in molars by 80%. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control stated that school-age children are three times more likely to get cavities if they don’t have dental sealants. But it also states that only 43% of children between 6 years old and 11 years old have them.
It is never too late to get a sealant. While it is recommended for children as young as 6, there is no age that someone is considered too old to get dental sealants. However, the earlier, the better, since this can prevent cavities earlier and save you money over the long run.
In some situations, a sealant can also be placed over areas with early decay to stop further damage to the tooth. Since the sealant is clear, it allows your dentist to check on the status of the spot to make sure it does not worsen.
Dentistry is a proven way to help enhance people’s lives, and it’s a privilege for me to positively affect the health of so many families in my community. Modern dental care provides a wealth of benefits, and it is my goal to give my patients the oral health & beautiful smiles they deserve.