At Family Dental Phoenix in Phoenix, we’re proud to offer our patients dental sealants as a preventive option for keeping their smiles strong and cavity-free for years to come.
How are dental sealants applied?
Dental sealants are applied as a thin layer on the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars to seal out food particles and bacteria that can cause decay. The procedure is simple and painless and involves having your teeth cleaned and dried before a liquid solution (which helps the sealant stick to the surface of teeth) is applied. The sealant material is then painted onto your teeth with a small brush where it quickly hardens and forms a protective barrier.
What are the benefits of dental sealants?
In addition to the fact that dental sealants can provide an effective and long-lasting way to protect teeth from decay and cavities, with diligent oral hygiene habits, they have the potential to last for up to 10 years.
Who is a good candidate for dental sealants and when should they be applied?
Patients of all ages can benefit from sealants! They can also be particularly helpful for patients who aren’t able to thoroughly clean their molars and premolars because of physical or cognitive challenges.
In terms of timing, patients will ideally have sealants placed once their permanent molars and premolars come in, as these teeth are highly prone to decay.
To learn more about dental sealants, contact Family Dental Phoenix today and talk to our team about whether dental sealants are right for you!