What are dental sealants?
At Scott Family Dentistry, we focus on prevention to keep your smile healthy and comfortable. One of the preventive treatment options we offer are dental sealants. Dental sealants are a barrier that we place between the chewing surface of your tooth and the food and bacteria that cause decay.
We recommend dental sealants for teeth that are particularly prone to decay. Usually, that includes teeth toward the back of your mouth and those teeth with deep grooves that tend to collect bacteria. While it is a common recommendation for children, adults can also benefit from dental sealants.
Sealants are a noninvasive treatment. We simply coat the chewing surface of your teeth with a composite material that matches the color of your tooth so that it blends in. Sealants are a much more economical option than fillings caused by decay. Depending on your bite, whether you have a teeth grinding habit, and how you care for your teeth, dental sealants can last for up to five years. For some patients, they may need to be replaced sooner.
To learn more about dental sealants, fluoride treatments, or any other preventive dentistry treatment, contact our Yankton, SD dental office. We are always happy to help!