Dental Sealants in Naples, FL
Tooth Decay Prevention
One of the most common places that tooth decay develops is on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, called premolars and molars. When you run your tongue over the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, you can feel depressions and grooves. These indentations, called pits and fissures, are there to help grind food. These are difficult (or nearly impossible) to thoroughly clean because toothbrush bristles can’t reach into the grooves. Food and bacteria may build up in these depressions, placing your child’s teeth in danger of decay.
Dr. Sandor is a highly trained pediatric dentist with extensive experience applying dental sealants to help prevent tooth decay. Call (239) 592-0800 to schedule an appointment at our pediatric dental office in Naples, FL today!
What is a Dental Sealant?
A dental sealant is a plastic material applied to a chewing surface of a back tooth that acts as a barrier, protecting enamel by “sealing out” plaque and food. By protecting the tooth with a coating of the correct sealant, your pediatric dentist can dramatically reduce the risk of decay for both children and teens. Dental sealants are quick and easy to apply, and can be expected to last up to 10 years after implemented. Another important factor for many parents to consider is that dental sealants are frequently associated with lower costs than fillings.
What is the Difference Between Dental Sealants and Fillings?
While fillings are generally regarded as being more durable, a dental sealant can often be ideal for younger patients. Children with baby teeth that are at risk for cavity development are often excellent candidates for dental sealants, as they only require the protection offered by the sealant for a few years until their adult teeth come in.
Another important factor for many parents to consider is that dental sealants are frequently associated with lower costs than fillings.
Who Can Benefit from Dental Sealants?
Children and adults alike can benefit from dental sealants to avoid common problems like tooth decay. Even individuals who routinely practice exceptional dental hygiene habits can be prone to developing cavities. Pain caused by this type of damage to the teeth can make everyday activities like speaking or eating incredibly difficult, all of which may be avoided by applying a painless sealant to the teeth.
Of course, patients should to continue brushing and flossing their teeth regularly each day. Dental sealants are meant only to help protect the teeth, but are most effective when used in combination with other healthy habits.
As mentioned, dental sealants will last for many years, though they still require a bit of maintenance as the thin plastic wears down naturally over long periods of time. Dr. Sandor can often determine if additional sealants are needed by checking the patient’s teeth during twice-yearly appointments, though patients should contact our office in Naples, FL if they have any concerns or problems with their dental sealants.