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Close up of a dental assistant applying a UV light to a white female patient's newly sealed teethDental sealants serve as a protective measure in dentistry, aimed at safeguarding teeth against decay. They are mainly used on the biting surfaces of the rear teeth, including molars and premolars, forming a protective layer over the enamel to defend against plaque and acids.

What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic that are applied as a coating on the surfaces on the back teeth. They are usually clear, white, or slightly tinted and are not noticeable when you talk or smile. The sealant rapidly adheres to the teeth's dips and ridges, forming a protective coating on the enamel.

The Benefits of Dental Sealants

The primary benefit of dental sealants is their ability to prevent tooth decay. Sealants are particularly effective for children and teenagers, who are more prone to cavities, but adults can also benefit from them. They are easy to apply and can provide protection for years.

Who Can Benefit from Dental Sealants?

While children and teenagers are the most obvious candidates for dental sealants, adults can also benefit from them. Sealants are especially helpful for individuals who have deep grooves in their teeth that are difficult to clean with regular brushing.

The Process of Applying Dental Sealants

Applying dental sealants is an uncomplicated and pain-free procedure. It involves cleaning the teeth, and treating them with a specific solution, followed by the application of the sealant. A special light is then used to harden the sealant.

Key Points About Dental Sealants

•  Sealants are protective coatings applied to the back teeth
•  They are effective in preventing tooth decay
•  Ideal for children, teenagers, and adults with deep tooth grooves
•  Application is quick, painless, and non-invasive
•  Sealants are durable, often lasting several years
•  Regular dental check-ups are necessary to monitor the condition of sealants

Durability and Maintenance of Dental Sealants

Dental sealants can last for several years before they need to be reapplied. During regular dental visits, our dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them if necessary.

Are Dental Sealants Safe?

Dental sealants are safe and effective. They have been used for decades and are endorsed by numerous dental associations. The sealants are made from materials that are safe for use in the mouth.

Complementing Dental Sealants with Good Oral Hygiene

While dental sealants are effective in preventing decay, they are not a substitute for good oral hygiene. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are essential to maintain overall oral health.

Cost and Insurance Coverage for Dental Sealants

The cost of dental sealants is relatively low, especially when compared to the cost of treating dental cavities. Many dental insurance plans cover sealants, especially for children and teenagers, but coverage can vary.

Dental sealants are a simple, effective, and economical way to prevent tooth decay, especially in molars and premolars. They are suitable for individuals of all ages and can play a crucial role in maintaining oral health.

Contact Us Today!

At Jeffrey Carl DMD, we offer dental sealant services as part of our comprehensive dental care. To learn more about how sealants can benefit you or your child, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office at (541) 918-2361.
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