Wheaton, IL Dentist
Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay biting surface of your back teeth. These areas are the most susceptible to cavities due to the deep grooves and pits that are part of the natural anatomy and shape of the teeth.
Typically, children get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. These sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
The process of applying sealants is easy and fast. The application steps are as follows:
- We thoroughly clean the teeth
- The teeth are dried
- A preparing gel is placed on the tooth and then rinsed away
- A liquid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth
- The solution is cured or set using a special curing light
Sealants act as a barrier and protect the enamel from plaque and acids. They may last for many years and may require reapplication as needed. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.
Sealants are not a substitute for brushing your teeth. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep up with professional dental cleanings.
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