Sealants in St. Louis
Sealants can protect your teeth from the everyday wear and tear of life and prevent food particles from getting lodged in your teeth. A dental sealant acts as a "shield" that protects your teeth from bacteria and wards off infection.
Why Should I Get a Sealant?
A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is carefully painted onto the tops of a patient's teeth to "seal" a tooth's crevices from food particles and bacteria. Sealants are most beneficial to children between the ages of 6 to 14 (the most cavity-prone years). A sealant can protect a child's premolars and permanent molars from lodged food particles and bacteria that can cause cavities and increase the risk of gum disease.
While sealants are most beneficial to children, adults can elect to have sealants applied to keep their teeth free of lodged food particles, or to protect teeth that are in the early stages of decay. A sealant can protect the infected tooth from further damage, and in most cases, a clear sealant can be applied so that your dentist can monitor the status of your decaying tooth to ensure that it doesn't get worse.
How is a Sealant Applied?
If you are interested in getting a dental sealant in St. Louis, Dr. John Martin has many different sealants for you to choose from, including glass and composite-based sealants.
The process of having a sealant applied is straight-forward and typically only takes a few minutes. First, your teeth are cleaned and thoroughly dried before an acid solution is applied to the areas that are being sealed.
After the solution is applied, your teeth are rinsed and dried a second time before a sealant is painted on the tops of your teeth. In some cases, sealants can last a lifetime, but more often than not, a sealant will need to be reapplied. On average, a sealant lasts for 10 years before it becomes ineffective.
Interested in Sealants in St. Louis?
If you are interested in getting a dental sealant, Dr. John Martin can assess your oral health and determine whether you are a good candidate for dental sealants in St. Louis.
Dr. John Martin has served the St. Louis area for nearly three decades, is attuned to his patients' needs, and has earned recognition as a leading dentist in the St. Louis area.
For more information on the benefits of sealants in St. Louis, or to schedule a free consultation, call (314) 739-1222 (Maryland Heights Location), (573) 764-2425 (Gerald Location), or contact Martin Dental & Associates today.