Prevention plays a big part in dental health. It’s easier, less costly, and results in less pain and overall better wellness to take preventive measures against common dental problems like tooth decay and erosion.
Dental sealants are one of the most frequently used and effective ways of preventing cavities. They are usually applied to the premolars and molars. They’re sometimes seen as necessary only for children, who are more likely to have less thorough oral hygiene routines, but cavities can affect anyone regardless of age.
Made of a composite material, sealants act as a protective barrier for the tooth’s chewing surface. With the grooves on the tooth filled in, it’s much easier to clean the tooth and harder for food particles to get trapped there and cause decay. There are many advantages sealants have for your oral health, including:
- Durable – Sealants are able to stand up very well to the wear and tear of normal chewing and can last for years before new ones need to be applied.
- Easy Application – It takes little time to apply sealants and only a few minutes to finish drying.
- Natural-Looking – Sealants aren’t flashy looking. Thanks to their white or clear coloration, they’re invisible whenever you’re talking, eating, or smiling.
- Affordable – Sealants are much more affordable than treating cavities. Insurance often covers the cost for patients under 18, and may cover some patients over 18.
Sealants aren’t permanent, and may need to be reapplied as they begin to wear away. However, most people agree that their advantages are far more significant. The initial cost of sealants is far less than the cost of repairing tooth decay and they can last up to 10 years before needing to be reapplied.
If you’re interested in greatly reducing your chance of suffering from tooth decay, contact Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry about sealants and other preventive dental procedures.