Sealants are a thin, protective coating that we use to protect teeth from decay. Used most commonly on the back molars or premolars, this coating provides a barrier from bacteria and debris that could become stuck in the grooves of these chewing teeth. This can eventually lead to tooth decay in the form of a cavity.
A sealant forms to the surface of your existing tooth, filling the holes and cracks that are present. Even with proper oral hygiene habits, these hard to reach cracks can lead to cavities. Sealants are the most effective and efficient way to prevent tooth decay in both children and adults.
Many patients are concerned about the appearance of sealants, especially when they are recommended for teeth that are towards the front of your mouth. Both the process and product that we use for sealants at Magnolia Family Dental Care are designed to be minimally invasive. Designed to mimic the natural appearance of your teeth, sealants should be nearly invisible to the untrained eye.
We find that many people are confused when it comes to knowing the difference between sealants and fillings. It is really quite simple! While fillings are used to treat an existing cavity, sealants are most commonly used to prevent a cavity in an area that is more susceptible to this type of tooth decay. By investing in this preventative form of dentistry, you can avoid more expensive dental procedures down the road.
We believe that it is always better to prevent a potential problem than to let it escalate. In this way, we save you time, money, and unnecessary discomfort caused by more invasive dental procedures.
At Magnolia Family Dental Care, we recommend sealants to patients of all ages. Although much more common in children and adolescents, sealants can greatly benefit adults as well. Tooth decay can develop at any point in time, regardless of oral hygiene habits. If you have teeth that are especially prone to cavities, we may recommend sealants to avoid the possibility of eventual decay.
Sealants are not a permanent fix. Most patients require new sealants once every ten years. We always inspect the condition and quality of existing sealants during your routine dental exam. During this process, we may recommend new sealants if they appear compromised.
Magnolia Family Dental Care always puts the needs and concerns of our patients first. In this way, we provide you with access to dental care that is customized to your unique situation. Although sealants are used as a preventative measure for future decay, we will never suggest this service unless we believe it would be highly beneficial for your oral health.
Contact Magnolia Family Dental today to schedule your next appointment! With the help of our team, you can achieve a smile that is both healthy and happy.
6939 S 66th E Ave Tulsa, OK 74133