Our dentist may recommend dental sealants to keep you or your little one’s teeth protected and healthy. For this treatment, Dr. Kimberly Stokes makes sure your molars have extra layers of protection to prevent the risk of tooth decay. Give us a call today at 918-622-3353 to schedule an appointment at The Art of Modern Dentistry with Dr. Kimberly Stokes and learn more about dental sealants in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Dental sealants have been used for over 50 years to help prevent tooth decay. Sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars). They act as a barrier, protecting the teeth from plaque and food particles that can cause cavities.
Though dental sealants are most commonly used on children’s teeth, they can also be used on adults. Children are more likely to get cavities in their back teeth because they are still learning how to brush and floss properly. Adults can also benefit from sealants, especially if they have deep grooves in their molars that are difficult to clean, making them more prone to cavities.
Sealants are quick and easy to apply and only take one dental appointment. The teeth are cleaned and then a roughened surface is created on the chewing surfaces of the molars. This helps the sealant material to bond to the tooth. The sealant is then applied, and it hardens within a few minutes.
Additionally, dental sealants can last for several years, though they will eventually need to be replaced. Regular dental checkups will help to ensure that the sealants are still effective and that no new cavities have developed.
If you are considering dental sealants for yourself or your child, talk to Dr. Stokes about the benefits and risks. Sealants are safe and effective, but like all medical treatments, there are some potential risks involved. We can help you decide if sealants are right for you.