What is a dental sealant and do I need one?
A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that fills into any pits and grooves on the chewing portion of teeth. The sealant material can be manufactured in various ways from a glass ionomer to a composite resin. Dental sealants have been shown to drastically reduce the chances of getting a cavity on the chewing portion of the teeth. A majority of sealants are placed on children and teenagers as their permanent molars and premolars erupt into the mouth. At this stage, the enamel is more susceptible to cavities, and children's ability to brush appropriately and avoid unhealthy foods makes them a higher risk for cavity formation. We also recommend sealants on adult patients when they have had a history of cavities.
The placement of dental sealants is quick, painless, and greatly reduces cavities on pits and fissures. If you are in need of a family dentist that can evaluate both parents and children's teeth for the need of dental sealants, call Ruggless Dental today your Springfield, IL dentist!