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Sealants

At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, we believe that prevention is key to maintaining a healthy smile. Dental sealants are a highly effective preventive measure that can help safeguard your teeth against decay and cavities. In this brief guide, we'll explore what dental sealants are, how they work, and why they are an essential part of your oral care routine.

What Are Dental Sealants? Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings made from a safe and durable plastic material. They are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars, where deep grooves and fissures are more susceptible to trapping food particles and bacteria.

How Do Dental Sealants Work? The application of dental sealants is a quick and painless process that typically involves the following steps:

  1. Examination: We'll first examine your teeth to identify any areas that may benefit from sealants, typically focusing on the molars and premolars.

  2. Tooth Preparation: The tooth's surface is thoroughly cleaned and dried to ensure proper adhesion of the sealant.

  3. Application: A thin layer of liquid sealant material is applied to the chewing surface of the tooth. It quickly hardens into a protective shield.

  4. Curing: In some cases, a special curing light may be used to help the sealant harden and bond securely to the tooth.

Benefits of Dental Sealants: Dental sealants offer several advantages in protecting your oral health:

  • Prevent Tooth Decay: Sealants create a physical barrier that helps prevent food particles and bacteria from getting trapped in the grooves of your teeth, reducing the risk of cavities.

  • Painless and Non-Invasive: The application process is painless and does not require drilling or anesthesia.

  • Long-Lasting: Sealants can protect your teeth for several years before requiring reapplication.

  • Cost-Effective: Preventing cavities through sealants is often more cost-effective than treating cavities with restorative procedures.

 

Sealants for All Ages: While dental sealants are commonly applied to children's teeth as soon as their permanent molars come in, they can also benefit adults who have deep grooves and fissures on their molars and premolars. Sealants are a valuable preventive measure for individuals of all ages.

 

At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, we are committed to helping you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have questions about dental sealants or would like to explore how they can benefit you or your child, please reach out to us. We're here to provide the best preventive care to ensure your smile stays bright and cavity-free.

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