Dental Sealants 101

Dental Sealants 101

Our dental team at DeAngelis Family Dentistry is eager to provide optimal oral health care to families in the area. We use several different methods to ensure our patients’ smiles are healthy and remain bright log after our treatments. Dental sealants are an effective way to protect teeth from the effects of decay. Continue reading to learn more about dental sealants and how they can benefit you and your family’s smiles.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are made up of a thin plastic coating that is placed on each individual tooth. Our team places them on the chewing surfaces of the back molar teeth in order to seal out food particles and bacteria.

What Do Dental Sealants Look Like?

Sealants can come in a variety of appearances including clear, white, or tinted and closely match the look of your natural teeth.

When Should They Be Placed?

Our team recommends placing dental sealants as soon as the permanent teeth erupt and are commonly used on children’s teeth while they may struggle to keep their smiles properly clean.

How Are They Placed On My Child’s Teeth?

Prior to placing the dental sealants, our dentist will thoroughly clean the teeth in preparation. An acidic solution is placed to help bond the sealant, and then it is rinsed off. Finally, the sealant is placed on the tooth and hardened with a special curing light. Dental sealants can last for up to ten years with proper care. Regular dental cleanings and exams with the help of our dentist will also ensure your child’s sealants will last. For more information regarding dental sealants, we encourage you to contact our dental office. Call us today to set up your child’s next examination and see how we can easily apply dental sealants on their teeth!

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