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Dental Sealants

Safeguard your teeth against decay with durable sealants, ideal for children and adults.

Introduction to Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a preventive dental treatment where a protective plastic coating is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth — the molars and premolars — to prevent tooth decay. Sealants quickly bond into the depressions and grooves of the teeth forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.

Benefits of Dental Sealants

  • Prevents Tooth Decay: Sealants protect the vulnerable areas of your teeth by sealing out food particles and plaque.
  • Long-Lasting Protection: Sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.
  • Cost-Effective: By preventing cavities and the need for fillings or crowns, sealants save money over time.
  • Non-Invasive: The application of sealants is a simple and pain-free process.

Who Can Benefit from Dental Sealants?

Children and teenagers are the most obvious candidates, as they tend to be at higher risk for cavities in the depressions and grooves of their premolars and molars. However, adults can also benefit from sealants, especially if they have no decay or fillings in their molars.

How Dental Sealants Are Applied

The process for applying sealants is straightforward and painless:

  1. Tooth Preparation: The teeth that will receive the sealants are thoroughly cleaned.
  2. Drying: Each tooth is dried, and absorbent materials are placed around the tooth to keep it dry.
  3. Acid Solution: An acid solution is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them up, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth.
  4. Sealant Application: The sealant is then painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly and hardens. A special curing light may be used to help the sealant harden.

Post-Application Care

Dental sealants require no special care. Continue brushing twice a day and flossing daily. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them if necessary.

Schedule Your Appointment for Dental Sealants

Protect your teeth against decay and cavities by getting dental sealants. This quick and effective treatment can provide years of protection and save on future dental costs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for yourself or your child.

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