Are you looking for ways to improve your dental health? There is a treatment that is very effective at preventing cavities. Getting a dental sealant can be the answer you are looking for.
The following frequently asked questions were brought to you by our Amherst dentist, Dr. Douglas Hamill. If you have further questions after reading through these answers, please do not wait to reach out to our office. You can get your free consultation with Dr. Hamill when you call us immediately.
Is a Dental Sealant Safe?
If you have a safety concern surrounding dental sealants, you are likely worried about exposure to BPA. BPA is a chemical that has been around for decades, particularly in plastic and resin products. You have probably heard of many water bottles being full of BPA, but is there a health concern to the exposure to BPA?
The FDA has determined that exposure to BPA at low levels is safe. It is, however, still being researched.
When you receive dental sealants, there may be a small amount of BPA exposure. However, this was found only in small amounts for just a few hours and was undetectable after 24 hours. Dental sealants can have benefits that outweigh this risk.
Is a Dental Sealant Effective?
Dental sealants are most effective in the two years after you get the treatment. While they are not necessary, they are beneficial and effective at preventing cavities.
They can prevent 80% of cavities within the first two years. After the first two years, the effectiveness of dental sealants can drop to 50% prevention of cavities, and that level of protection can last for around four years.
One of the most significant benefits of having a dental sealant is its ability to prevent the need for uncomfortable, costly, and invasive treatments. Dental sealants can save you from needing fillings, crowns, or root canals.
Is a Dental Sealant Removable?
You may have your sealants come out of your mouth. However, they are supposed to last up to nine years, according to studies that have been done. It is essential that you go in to see a dentist regularly to get your sealants checked. This can be at your annual checkup with your dentist. Please understand that if your sealant falls out, you no longer have protection against getting a cavity.
During your annual checkup with your dentist, if your sealant seems worn down or ready to come off, it can be touched up to continue your protection against cavities.
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If you are interested in a dental sealant, we would be more than happy to take your call. Our Amherst dentist has been serving his community for many years. You can get dedicated and quality care from Dr. Hamill and his team. Get started with your free initial consultation right away.