What are sealants?
An important aspect of dentistry is prevention. While we are always here to take care of damage and decay that affects your smile, our first goal at Shelly Ereth Barone is to stop it from occurring in the first place. Sealants are one of our simplest treatments for preventing decay. Thin plastic coatings, dental sealants are painted onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Your pre-molars and molars (back teeth) have deep grooves and pits that easily trap food particles and bacteria. These teeth are also difficult to clean, making them among the most prone to decay. Sealants act as a protective barrier while also smoothing the surface of your tooth.
Who can use sealants?
Dental sealants in Metairie, Louisiana, are most often used for children who have not yet experienced tooth decay. However, teenagers and adults may benefit from sealants if they do not have any existing dental restorations, such as fillings, or if no major decay exists. Our skilled dentist, Dr. Shelly Ereth Barone, will help you determine if sealants are right for your smile. To learn more about the benefits of sealants, please call or visit our dental office today, at 504-832-1164. We are eager to prevent decay from damaging your smile.