Dental sealants can protect your mouth from decay and prevent the need for dental fillings
Wish you could avoid fillings? Now you can with dental sealants. Dental sealants are a great preventive treatment that can help eliminate the need for fillings! This is because our dental sealants at Ironside Advanced Dental in Sydney are of the highest quality and applied with superior precision and expertise, and are specially designed to help protect the teeth from decay.
Why would I need a dental sealant?
Often the biting surface of adult molars can host deep grooves or ‘fissures’, of which food can become stuck and heighten the risk of decay. Dental sealants are a preventive technique that uses a thin protective layer of a special dental solution to coat and even out the chewing surface of a tooth to protect your enamel from decay. This dental material then hardens to form a strong, durable and protective coating to ensure your teeth are less susceptible to decay.
What are the benefits of dental sealants?
Dental sealants are very effective in helping patients maintain the health and integrity of their smiles. Their main benefits include:
- Evening out the chewing surface of the teeth for decreased risk of decay
- Can be colour-matched to the shade of your smile for total subtlety
- This treatment is generally used for children and adolescents but can also benefit adults!
- They are long lasting – one dental sealant has the potential to last up to 10 years!
Sealants are one of the most effective forms of preventive dentistry available to you
Sealants are an excellent way to reduce the need for fillings and more expensive treatment that may be required to repair the damage from cavities in the future. They are also virtually invisible, as they use a very discreet clear, white or slightly tinted colour to match your enamel. With good care, our high-quality sealants usually last from 5 to 10 years.
If you are unsure as to whether dental sealants are the right choice for you or your children, Dr Ironside is happy to assess your condition and make a recommendation. He can also discuss in depth the benefits of dental sealants and how they may help you avoid dental fillings. At Ironside Advanced Dental we believe in creating an educational experience for all our patients, and understand that prevention is always better than a cure!
Dental Sealant FAQ's
A dental sealant is a tough plastic varnish coating that is placed on the molars and premolars in order to prevent cavities. The back teeth are the ones used for chewing and they are usually lined with deep grooves that are often hard to reach with a toothbrush, making them vulnerable to plaque which in turn breeds bacteria that can create cavities and tooth decay. The dental sealant is placed on the chewing surface of the molars and fills those tiny fissures, assisting it the prevention of cavities as well as the potential need for fillings in the future.
Dental sealants are more often than not administered to children and teenagers as a preventative measure to ideally avoid any expensive cavity repair or fillings might potentially be needed at a later stage. Adolescents are the primary candidates and from about 13 years and onwards, the back teeth are fully formed. It is ideal to place dental sealants on permanent teeth as it usually lasts between 5 – 10 years.
Adults can also receive this treatment if necessary. If you would like to know more about dental sealants and their benefits, contact us on (02) 9267 3495 or book an appointment to learn more.
In most cases, it does not. This is one of the most simple dental procedures available.
When you receive a dental sealant, the tooth is first cleaned with paste and a round brush. After it has been rinsed and dried, an acidic solution is applied to the chewing surface for a few seconds before being washed off. This does not hurt but only makes the surface of the tooth rough enough for the sealant to easily be able to bond to. The sealant is then applied and cured with a light and just as easy as that, you will be able to go back to eating as you did before.
Disclaimer: All surgical procedures carry risk. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.