Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It can be difficult for your toothbrush to get in between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If not properly brushed, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Dr. Tim McNamara provides sealants at our Kennewick, WA dental office to give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on your tooth's surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. This makes brushing your teeth easier and more effective.
Dr. McNamara typically applies sealants to children's teeth after their permanent teeth have erupted as a preventive measure against tooth decay. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. As every patient has unique needs, Dr. McNamara will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants typically last from three to five years, although it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants wear off, let Dr. McNamara know, and schedule an appointment at our Kennewick and Tri-Cities dental office for your teeth to be resealed.