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Dental Sealants

Shield Little Teeth From Cavities

Smiling child in dental chair

Dental sealants are comprised of a thin layer of acrylic that is applied over an individual’s back teeth as a way of preventing cavities and tooth decay. When sealants are applied, the deep grooves and fissures that are commonly found on a person’s molars are smoothed out, making them significantly easier to maintain and clean. Sealants also work to block off harmful bacteria and acids from accessing the spaces between teeth and causing damage.

About 75 percent of all tooth decay occurs within the deep grooves and fissures that are located on a person’s back teeth. Even with proper brushing and flossing, these areas can be nearly impossible to reach. By smoothing out these surfaces with dental sealants, these teeth can be cleaned with relative ease. When cared for properly, dental sealants should last for several years.

Since children and teenagers are often still developing proper brushing and flossing habits, they tend to be excellent candidates for dental sealants. Baby teeth, in particular, benefit greatly from sealants since they often feature noticeably deep grooves and fissures on their surfaces. Many adults also receive dental sealants in order to protect their back teeth and make them easier to maintain.

Dental sealants can be applied in just one quick and easy procedure that only requires a couple of minutes per tooth. The initial step is to clean and dry any tooth that is going to be sealed. A cotton swab is used to keep the teeth dry throughout the procedure. In order to help the sealant material bond properly, an etching solution is applied to roughen the surface of each tooth.

An acrylic sealant is then carefully painted onto the surface of each tooth and allowed to dry completely.

If you would like to receive more information about dental sealants and how they can be used to protect your teeth, please call us at (469) 277-2627 to schedule an appointment.