Dr. Tiffany Shields, your Jacksonville FL dentist, may recommend dental sealants as part of your treatment plan. Dental sealants prevent decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth by filling in the deep grooves with impermeable material.
Dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
It takes only a few minutes to apply sealants to a tooth and the acrylic coating will remain in place for years to come. Sealants are an important tool for cavity prevention for those with deep tooth grooves, so if you’ve had issues with tooth decay, sealants may be recommend. Contact the team at Smiles by Shields to learn more about sealants today!