Sealants

Savannah Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Savannah, GA

Do you want healthy teeth that will last for many years to come? If so, protect your teeth with dental sealants at Savannah Dental, located in Savannah, Georgia. The well-regarded practice offers dental sealants for children and adults alike. Dental sealants are a quick and easy way to decrease your risk of cavities by up to 80%. To learn more, schedule an appointment with the practice online or over the phone today.

Sealants Q & A

What are sealants?

Sealants, also known as dental sealants, are materials that Savannah Dental applies to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars) to protect them from tooth decay and cavities. 

The practice likes to apply sealants to your molars in particular because hard-to-reach teeth such as these are more susceptible than other teeth to deterioration and disease.

Who needs sealants?

Sealants can benefit any patient, but they work best when they have the opportunity to start protecting teeth early. Sealants last about ten years, and when applied in a timely manner, they can reduce permanent molar cavity risk by 80%. 

If you have children, you should schedule a visit to get sealants on their teeth first after their primary molars come in, and again after their permanent molars arrive.

Primary molars typically appear in children between the ages of five and seven, permanent molars usually grow between the ages of 11 and 14. 

If you’re not sure if your child’s molars are in yet, schedule a pediatric dentistry or family dentistry appointment to check. 

How do sealants work?

Sealants work by preventing acids and bacteria from permeating your teeth. Acids and bacterias form when food bits or sugars get stuck in or left on the teeth and you don’t properly remove them.

Receiving a sealant application is very easy. During your visit, your Savannah Dental provider first applies an adhesive to your teeth. Then, your team paints liquid sealant on top of the adhesive. The sealant then quickly hardens. It begins working immediately. 

Are sealants safe?

Sealants are extremely safe. Dental sealants typically contain a very low concentration of bisphenol A (BPA). This concentration is so low, however, that studies have found that you expose yourself to 100 times more BPAs everyday just by breathing.

Sealants also help prevent potentially serious health issues down the line, like periodontal disease.

Are sealants and fluoride the same thing?

No. Dental sealants and fluoride varnish aren’t the same thing. While they both help prevent tooth decay, dental sealant is much more effective. This is particularly true in the fissures and other nooks of your teeth, which dental sealant fills in and protects.

For the best protection possible, Savannah Dental recommends both sealants and fluoride treatment for cavity prevention.

Regardless of your age, if you want to protect your teeth against cavities and tooth decay, invest in dental sealants today. To schedule your visit, call the practice or fill out the online booking tool.