Dental Sealants

Do dental sealants protect my teeth?

Dental sealants protect chewing surfaces where cavities commonly form in the little grooves on top of molars. Dental sealants are made of clear or shaded plastic and help protect teeth from decay. Our dentists  recommend dental sealants for children once their permanent molars grow in completely.  

What are the advantages of dental sealants?

  • Prevent cavities and the need for intensive dental work.

  • Hold up well for long periods of time and during chewing.

  • Last for 3-5 years and sometimes longer.

  • Save money on expensive future repairs.

Do I need dental sealants? Find out if you or your child need dental sealants by scheduling an appointment Wurzbach Parkway Family Dental in North Central San Antonio!

What are Dental Sealants?

The Dental Sealants Procedure

Dental sealants are a pain-free dentistry application, and they don’t require any drilling. Dental sealants and fillings are different, and while fillings require drilling and numbing shots sealants is like a plastic seal. To apply a dental sealant, first our dentists thoroughly clean and dry your tooth. Then, they apply an etching solution gel to the tooth’s surface before cleaning and drying it again. This process helps the liquid sealant adhere to the tooth better. Once the liquid sealant is applied, we use a special curing light to harden it. The entire procedure can be done in just one sitting!

Who should get Dental Sealants?

The best candidates for dental sealants are children who have permanent molars. The first permanent molars grow in between 5 and 7 years old. The next molars usually grow in between 11 and 14 years old. Adults and teens can also get sealants on their teeth as long as they don’t have any cavities in those teeth. If a patient already has cavities in their teeth already, we’re not able to cover that filling or cavity with sealants, and we treat the teeth using other methods.

Do Dental Sealants work?

Dentists have been using dental sealants for over 30 years. Several dental studies prove that sealants are extremely effective in preventing cavities in the pits, grooves, and crevices on our teeth. The areas that remain sealed are 100 percent protected from tooth decay, and damaged or lost sealants can quickly be repaired or replaced.

How do I take care of my Dental Sealants?

If your teeth have sealants, it doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for brushing and flossing. Dental sealants can be maintained through regular tooth maintenance and cleanings. It is still important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss on a regular basis to prevent plaque build-up and cavities.

Dental sealants are a great way to protect your teeth and save on tooth repair. Do you have questions? Get in touch with us or schedule an appointment to see how the expert dentists in San Antonio of Wurzbach Parkway Family Dental can help you!

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