Defending your teeth against decay requires more than just brushing and flossing. At his offices in Millville, NJ, and Voorhees, NJ, Dr. Fuming Li can provide patients of all ages with dental sealants to keep your teeth protected from damage.
What are Dental Sealants?
The enamel layer on your tooth is the first line of defense against acid and bacteria. It’s designed to act as a barrier, protecting your delicate dentin and dental pulp from damage. In fact, enamel is harder than steel! Even so, your enamel benefits from extra protection, which is why Dr. Fuming Li recommends dental sealants to all of his patients.
Dental sealants act like a protective shield for each tooth. When placed on top of teeth, particularly molars, sealants keep your enamel even safer from damage or decay caused by bacteria and corrosive acids.
Are Dental Sealants Safe?
Yes! The materials used are completely safe and won’t cause you or your children any harm. The placement procedure is easy and painless as well. Here’s how it works:
- Cleaning and drying the tooth: Dr. Fuming Li will clean the surface of your tooth. If the tooth is not properly cleaned and dried, the sealant won’t be able to bond with it properly.
- Conditioning the tooth’s surface: Once your tooth is cleaned, Dr. Fuming Li will cover the surface with a solution to ensure that the treatment bonds properly.
- Sealing the tooth: Finally, our dentist will cover your tooth with the sealant material. It’s applied to your tooth as a liquid and then hardens into a solid.
Dental Sealant Benefits:
- Save Money: Treating a cavity can be expensive. And considering that most American adults have at least 3 decayed teeth, treatment costs can add up over time. Save money by getting treatment early to stop the spread of tooth decay.
- Be Healthier: Tooth decay can lead to more severe oral health problems in the long run. Even after you have a cavity filled, the structure and health of your tooth is compromised. As with most health issues, it’s best to completely avoid them rather than treat them. Dental sealants safeguard the overall long-term health of your teeth and gums.
- Simplicity: Dental sealants can be applied quickly and painlessly and are designed to last for many years. This is good news for parents and kids who hate going to the dentist!
- Save Time: Getting a tooth filled is inconvenient. Usually, you have to schedule a second appointment for your filling, taking you away from your busy schedule. Plus, waiting for the anesthetic to kick in is time-consuming and forces you to spend more time than necessary in the dentist’s chair. Dental sealants greatly reduce your risk for developing tooth decay, allowing you to spend less time dealing with oral health issues.
Remember, you cannot get sealants on your teeth if they’re already suffering from decay. Ask Dr. Fuming Li about getting your child sealants as soon as their permanent teeth begin to erupt.