Dental Sealants

What are Dental Sealants?

What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a preventive dental treatment aimed at protecting teeth from decay. Typically applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars), sealants are a thin, protective coating made of plastic or other dental materials. These sealants effectively seal the grooves and depressions on the surfaces of the teeth, areas where food particles and plaque often accumulate and are hard to clean. The process of applying a sealant is simple, quick, and painless, involving the following steps:

  1. Thoroughly cleaning and drying the tooth.
  2. Applying an acidic gel to roughen the tooth surface to ensure a strong bond.
  3. Rinsing and drying the tooth again.
  4. Applying the sealant onto the tooth’s surface.
  5. Using a special light to harden the sealant.
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Why Choose Dental Sealants from Medicine Hat Dental?

Opting for dental sealants provides significant benefits for both children and adults. The primary advantage is the prevention of decay in the molars and premolars, which are areas most susceptible to cavities due to their usage in chewing and their textured surfaces that trap food particles. Some of the key benefits of dental sealants include:

Long-Lasting Protection

Sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, though they need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.

Cost-Effective Prevention

By preventing cavities, sealants save the cost and inconvenience of future dental treatments.

Enhanced Oral Health

Sealants complement good brushing and flossing habits by providing an extra barrier against decay and can reduce the risk of cavities in molars.

Choosing us for your dental sealants means opting for a team that prioritizes patient comfort and health. Our experienced dentists use the latest techniques and highest-quality materials to ensure your treatment is effective and your visit is comfortable. Plus, our friendly staff is always here to answer any questions and to make sure your dental experience is positive. Get in touch with us today to learn more about dental sealants.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Sealants

At what age are dental sealants most effective?

Sealants are most effective for children and teenagers because they prevent decay in the years when cavities are most likely to develop; however, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.

How long does it take to apply dental sealants?

The application process for dental sealants is quick and painless, typically taking just a few minutes per tooth.

Are dental sealants visible on teeth?

Sealants are usually clear, white, or slightly tinted and are typically not visible when you talk or smile.

Can dental sealants be applied over cavities?

Sealants are applied to healthy teeth to prevent decay, not over existing cavities. If decay is present, the tooth will need to be treated before considering a sealant.

How do I care for my teeth after getting sealants?

Continue brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. Sealants give added protection, but maintaining good oral hygiene is still essential.

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