Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants Coral Gables, FL

Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities because it helps remove food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of teeth, however toothbrushes can't reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract all food and plaque. While fluoride helps prevent decay and helps protect all the surfaces of the teeth, our dental sealants add extra protection for the grooved and pitted areas. For more information about our high-quality long-lasting sealants, please call our office today at (305) 548-8690. We look forward to working with you to improve your oral health!

What Are Dental Sealants

Is a dental treatment intended to prevent tooth decay and consist of a thin plastic material (protective coating) that is placed on the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent back teeth, the molars and premolars, to help protect them from bacteria and acids that contribute to tooth decay.

Why Dental Sealants Are Suggested?

The chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth have grooves (fissures) that make them vulnerable to decay. These fissures can be deep, are difficult to clean, and can be narrower than even a single bristle of a toothbrush. Plaque accumulates in these areas, and the acid from bacteria in the plaque attacks the enamel and cavities can develop. While Fluoride helps prevent decay and helps protect all the surfaces of the teeth, dental sealants acts as raincoats for your teeth providing an additional protection for the grooved and pitted areas avoiding the penetration of the bacteria.

Who Can Get Sealants?

Children and adults can benefit from sealants, but the earlier you get them, the better. Your first molars appear around age 6, and second molars break through around age 12. Sealing these teeth as soon as they come through can keep them cavity-free from the start, which helps save time and money in the long run. Ask your dentist if sealants are a good option for you and your family.

What to Expect During a Sealant Procedure

Placing dental sealants is usually painless and doesn't require drilling or numbing medications.

Sealants Aftercare

With proper care, sealants can help protect teeth for years to come. The success of sealants will depend on the care they get at home.

Here are some important things that you can do to help ensure the long-term success of sealants:

  • Practice good brushing habits with no more than a tiny drop of a fluoride-containing toothpaste.  Poor oral hygiene can affect the sealants.  The acids produced by plaque can etch them, causing sealants to break down over time.
  • Reduce sugar intake.  Sticky foods such as Fun Fruits, Fruit Rolls, candy, sugar, caramel, taffy, chewing gum, etc. eaten too frequently will etch the sealants in the same way as poor oral hygiene.
  • Avoid chewing on ice, "jaw-breakers," or other hard substances. This habit can chip the sealants.

Generally, Dental Sealants cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.

After the sealants are applied, the teeth may feel funny (like biting on something).  The sealants will adjust within a few days.

If we work together, we can help your sealants last for years!