Serving Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN
Did you know that tooth decay is the most chronic disease affecting Americans? In fact, the Centers for Disease Control Reports that 91% of adults ages 20-64 have had a cavity in their permanent teeth, yet tooth decay is preventable in most cases. Sealants provide an extra layer of defense against tooth decay.
What are sealants and how do they work?
A dental sealant is a plastic coating made of a non-toxic resin. It is designed to blend in with your natural tooth color so that they are not noticeable when you talk. The material seals off the grooves on the chewing surface of the back teeth, which are the hardest areas to keep clean and are most prone to developing tooth decay. Since sealants bond to the teeth, bacteria cannot accumulate and cause tooth decay in these areas.
How are sealants applied?
To apply sealants, our dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove any tartar buildup. Then the teeth that are to be treated are isolated and dried, and the sealant material is applied to the chewing surface of your back teeth. It dries rather quickly, and you will be on your way to eating and drinking as normal within about 20 minutes. We do advise, however, to avoid eating sticky candies as they may dislodge or remove the sealant.
How long do sealants last?
The average lifespan of a sealant lasts between three and five years. However, in some cases, sealants may last much longer. You can prolong the life and effectiveness of your sealants by avoiding overly sticky foods or candies such as taffy and the like. The key is to receive routine dental checkups and cleanings so that your Knoxville family dentist can inspect your sealants to ensure they remain bonded to your teeth. If sealants fall out, we can easily replace it with another treatment.
Are sealants right for me?
If you have deep grooves in the chewing surfaces of your back teeth or find it difficult to keep these areas clean, then sealants may be the right option for you, although sealants are usually recommended for our pediatric patients. This is because adding this protective layer onto their permanent molars once they erupt is an excellent preventive measure against the risk of tooth decay. The best way to determine if you should get sealants is to undergo a consultation with your Choto family dentist. We will assess your oral health needs and determine if you are a candidate for sealants.
Sealants never should be considered a replacement for good oral hygiene performed at home, a regimen that should include daily brushing and flossing in conjunction with twice-yearly visits to your dentist in Northshore for a professional cleaning and a thorough examination of the teeth and mouth.
Sealants in Knoxville
Choto Family Dentistry welcomes patients of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the communities of Choto and Northshore.