What are dental sealants, and how are they beneficial for my smile?

Protecting the smile from cavities and disease is critical to ensure it lasts a lifetime. While brushing, flossing, and routine appointments with a dentist are highly likely to help, so can dental sealants. Let’s look at this protective coating for the smile to protect it from problems that can cause irreversible damage to the natural teeth and gums.

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating directly administered onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent dental decay. They are typically used as a preventive measure for children and teenagers but can also be helpful for adult patients who are at high risk for cavities.

While our teeth have natural grooves and pits on their chewing surfaces, these areas can be challenging to clean with a toothbrush. This often leads to plaque and bacteria buildup, increasing the risk of developing certain dental issues, including periodontal disease and cavities. Dental sealants act as a barrier, filling these grooves and pits and preventing food particles and bacteria from getting trapped there.

Can dental sealants benefit me long-term?

Not only do dental sealants protect against cavities, but they also save our patients time and money in the long run. By preventing cavities, patients typically avoid needing more extensive and expensive dental procedures, including dental fillings, root canals, and extractions. Additionally, some patients benefit from using dental sealants for sensitive teeth, as they may have thinner enamel that can make their teeth experience discomfort with foods that are very cold or sweet.

How long do dental sealants last?

Dental sealants usually last several years before needing to be reapplied. They can last up to a decade with proper care and maintenance. However, it is essential to note that dental sealants are not a permanent solution and will eventually need to be reapplied by Dr. Williams if you seek long-term protection.

Are dental sealants safe?

Dental sealants have been used in dentistry for decades and have been proven to be a safe and effective method of preventing cavities.

Are you considering this protective coating for your teeth?

This cavity protection sealant is a wonderful way to keep the smile healthy throughout a lifetime. If you are considering dental sealants, call Dr. Angela Bauer Williams and her team at Cambridge Family Dental in Cambridge, WI, to make a consultation appointment. The office is 710 Katie Court and can be reached by calling (608) 423-6784.

Dr. Angela Bauer Williams EAT Bio

Dr. Angela Bauer Williams

Dr. Angela Bauer Williams received her bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, and her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Constantly pursuing clinical excellence, Dr. Bauer is committed to continuing education and has studied with top clinicians in the country. She is an active member of the Dane County Dental Society, Wisconsin Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry (holds Fellowship too), American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Seattle Study Club.

Being a dentist gives her the opportunity to combine her medical and science knowledge with her artistic skills. She loves building trust with her patients and making a difference in their smiles and lives.