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.
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.
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.
Please call (239) 592-0800 to ask our office about dental sealants and how they could benefit your child.