If you would like to protect your teeth or your child’s teeth from cavities, consider having dental sealants placed. These thin coatings of plastic material are placed on the molars and premolars.
Why should dental sealants be used?
The chewing surfaces of the back teeth have grooves that make them vulnerable to cavities. These grooves, or fissures, are deep and difficult to clean. Plaque and food particles, which can cause tooth decay, can accumulate there. Dental sealants are placed over these teeth to block out plaque and food particles.
When should dental sealants be placed?
Generally, our dentist will begin placing dental sealants once the first premolar has erupted completely beyond the gums. The molars (except for the wisdom teeth) and premolars usually erupt from about eleven to thirteen years of age. The chewing surfaces of each of these teeth can be sealed as they erupt.
Are dental sealants also helpful for adults?
Dental sealants are not as commonly used on adults, but they can still protect adult teeth from cavities. However, dental sealants cannot be placed on teeth with dental fillings or decay on the chewing surfaces.
How long do they last?
Dental sealants can last for many years. When you or your child visits us for your routine dental appointments, Dr. Gilbert Omido will check the dental sealants for signs of wear or leakage. New dental sealants can be placed as needed.
We invite you to contact Gilbert Omido DDS, P.A. at 316-683-0440 today to learn more about dental sealants in Wichita, Kansas, and to schedule an appointment.