Dental sealants are plastic coatings placed on the surface of permanent back teeth to help prevent tooth decay. They are mainly recommended for children who are at higher risk of decay, but can also be used for adults. Here are some benefits of using dental sealants:
Saves money – In almost every case, the cost of dental sealants is less than the possible cost of treating a cavity, especially if you don’t have dental insurance.
No discomfort – Dental sealants are painless and don’t require any numbing medications. Before the sealant is placed, the dental hygienist polishes the surface of the tooth and removes any possible plaque from the surface. Once the sealant is placed, the dentist lets it dry under a special light. There is no need to avoid eating after the procedure.
Improves Oral Health – When properly applied and maintained, dental sealants can successfully protect the chewing surfaces of the tooth from caries. However, you will still need to take proper care of your teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day and keeping up with your regular dental appointments.
If you think that you or your child might be a good candidate for dental sealants, you can call us at 813.445.7162 to make an appointment with Dr. Nick!