Sealants

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What’s a Sealant?

Sealants are protective coverings that are normally placed over the biting surfaces of your back teeth. These coverings are essential in preventing decay and deep staining. They can last for up to three years before we can easily replace them as needed. They are clear, so no one but the dental team can tell they’re even on your teeth.

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Why are Sealants necessary?

You may consider sealants if you are susceptible to tooth decay. If you find that you have cavities at most of your dental checkup visits, it might be time to take preventative measures in protecting your teeth. Sealants are especially advantageous for kids who don’t always have the best brushing or eating habits. Because they’re clear, you don’t need to worry that they’re noticeable.

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Who would benefit most from Sealants?

Children would benefit the most from sealants. Kids don’t always brush their teeth fully and they may skip brushing their teeth often while eating a lot of sugary foods and beverages. However, despite the fact that sealants are most beneficial for kids, they’re just as important for adults who are looking for ways to prevent cavities and staining of their back teeth.

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What can be expected during the Sealant procedure?

We begin by cleaning and drying the back teeth. The sealant is brushed onto the chewing surfaces of the tooth and then hardened with a curing light. This will prevent the sealant from moving or being washed away. Most sealants last for about a year, but they can last as long as three years before they can be replaced easily. The sealants are essential in preventing cavities and the eventual need for fillings, root canals and even full extractions. We may recommend sealants to children who regularly get cavities or adults who already have a lot of fillings in their mouth. Sealants can be a protective measure to maintain a full, healthy smile.

If you think you might need sealants or have a child who would benefit from treatment, call us now and we will help to answer any questions you currently have.

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