Dental Sealants

What Are Dental Sealants?

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a preventive measure designed to protect teeth from decay. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars, forming a thin, protective layer made from plastic or other dental materials. Sealants effectively cover the grooves and crevices on teeth surfaces, where food particles and plaque tend to gather and are difficult to clean.

At Lethbridge Dental Services South, we offer high-quality dental sealants as part of our comprehensive preventive dental care. The process of applying a sealant at our office is simple, quick, and painless, involving the following steps:

  1. Cleaning the tooth and drying it.
  2. Applying an acidic gel that will roughen the tooth surface and ensure a strong bond.
  3. Rinsing the tooth and then drying it again.
  4. Applying the sealant onto the surface of the tooth.
  5. Using a special light to solidify the sealant on the tooth.
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Why Choose Dental Sealants from Lethbridge Dental Services South?

Selecting dental sealants offers considerable advantages for both children and adults. The main benefit is the prevention of decay in the molars and premolars, which are particularly prone to cavities due to their role in chewing and their grooved surfaces that can trap food particles. Key benefits of dental sealants include:

Long-Lasting Protection

Sealants can shield teeth from decay for up to 10 years; however, to ensure continued effectiveness, they should be regularly checked for wear and chipping during dental visits.

Cost-Effective Prevention

Sealants prevent cavities, reducing the cost and inconvenience of future dental treatments, and making them a wise investment in oral health.

Enhanced Oral Health

Sealants enhance good brushing and flossing habits by providing an additional barrier against decay, significantly reducing the risk of cavities in molars.

Book Your Appointment at Lethbridge Dental Services South

Choosing Lethbridge Dental Services South for your dental sealants means selecting a team that prioritizes your comfort and oral health. Our dental professionals utilize the latest techniques and top-quality materials to ensure your treatment is both effective and comfortable. Our friendly staff is always available to answer your questions and ensure your dental experience is positive. Contact us today to learn more about dental sealants or to schedule your appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Sealants

At what age are dental sealants most effective?

Sealants are most beneficial for children and teenagers as they help prevent decay during the years when cavities are most likely to form; however, adults without existing 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, usually taking just a few minutes per tooth.

Are dental sealants visible on teeth?

Sealants are generally clear, white, or slightly tinted, so they are not noticeable when you talk or smile.

Can dental sealants be applied over cavities?

Sealants are designed to protect healthy teeth and are not applied over existing cavities. If decay is present, the tooth will need treatment before a sealant can be considered.

How do I care for my teeth after getting sealants?

Continue your routine of brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. Sealants add an extra layer of protection, but maintaining good oral hygiene is still crucial.

Are dental sealants safe?

Yes, dental sealants are safe. Made from biocompatible materials, they have been used for many years without adverse effects and are a well-established preventive measure in dental care.

How long do dental sealants last?

Dental sealants can last up to 10 years but should be checked regularly during dental visits to ensure they remain effective and are not worn or chipped.

Do dental sealants require special care?

Dental sealants do not require special care; however, you should maintain your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups to ensure they stay intact and continue to protect your teeth.

What happens if a dental sealant falls off?

If a dental sealant falls off, it can easily be reapplied. It is important to visit your dentist regularly so they can check the sealants and reapply them if necessary to continue protecting your teeth from decay.

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