Twin Falls patients ask, “Are dental sealants appropriate for adults?”
Dental sealants are one of many valuable tools used by dentists to help patients fight against the development of tooth decay. However, many patients believe that dental sealants are only for children and young adults. The team at Cress Dental in Twin Falls, Idaho encourage patients to ask about dental sealants—even if they are older.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are essentially a plastic that is used to cover the chewing surfaces of teeth. In doing so, it acts as a barrier against tooth decay. Sealants work best on certain surfaces within the smile, such as the molars and premolars. These are the teeth that are most likely to develop cavities because of the many deep depressions and grooves. No matter how well you brush, toothbrush bristles still struggle in removing food particles and plaque development from these surfaces.
Can an adult benefit from dental sealants?
Patients of all ages may benefit from the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants protect against decay. Regardless of age, sealants can decrease the likelihood of developing cavities, especially if patients are serious about brushing and flossing after every meal. Sealants also help to keep plaque and food particles from becoming stuck in these areas, further protecting the smile.
What to expect during the dental sealant process
The procedure used to place dental sealants is fast and simple:
- The teeth are first cleaned and dried
- An acidic gel is administered to the tooth’s surface to roughen it and improve adherence
- The gel is rinsed and dried
- The dental sealant is applied onto the surfaces of the teeth
- A blue light cures the sealant to solidify it onto the teeth
How long do dental sealants last?
Patients find that dental sealants will last approximately ten years before they need to be replaced. This makes them a wise investment for many patients—of all ages—who want to combat tooth decay.
Are you an adult interested in dental sealants?
Dr. Justin Cress of Cress Dental encourages patients to ask about procedures that can be used to achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. If you live in Twin Falls, Idaho, call (208) 544-4848 to schedule a consultation visit.Back to Sealants Page