If you’d like to avoid cavities and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile, dental sealants are for you. At SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. in Livonia, Michigan, experienced prosthodontist Sharitha Uchil, MSD, and her team apply sealants to teeth to strengthen and protect them and drastically reduce your risk of dental decay. To learn more about how dental sealants can help you, schedule an appointment with SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. over the phone or online today.
Dental sealants are thin coatings your prosthodontist applies to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars) to prevent tooth decay. Sealants offer a protective shield that blocks food and germs from your teeth for many years. In fact, sealants can lower the risk of developing cavities by 80%.
Your SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. specialist lets you know if you’re a good candidate for dental sealants after reviewing your dental and medical history and examining your teeth. They might also take dental X-rays.
Sealants are effective for cavity prevention in children, but adults benefit from them too. Even if you’ve had sealants in the past, receiving new sealants every few years offers long-lasting cavity protection.
Getting dental sealants is a fast, painless process. First, your prosthodontist cleans and dries your teeth. They apply a special gel to the teeth to rough up their surface. Next, your provider rinses off the gel and again dries your teeth. They brush a sealant on the grooves of your molars and use blue light to harden the sealants.
After the procedure you can resume normal everyday activities and even brush and floss your teeth the same day as treatment.
There’s no special after care instructions for dental sealants. Simply maintain good oral hygiene habits by:
Following these simple tips, in addition to getting dental sealants, can drastically lower your risk of developing tooth decay.
Seeing your prosthodontist regularly helps detect tooth decay early before large cavities develop. Applying sealants to tiny cavities may prevent further damage, but for larger cavities your provider might recommend fillings, inlays, onlays, or crowns.
To be proactive about oral health and cavity prevention, ask your SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. specialist if sealants are right for you. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.