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How Dental Sealants Can Reduce Your Chances of Cavities

December 15, 2017

Studies conducted show dental sealants can be a great way to reduce and even prevent cavities. Read further to learn how dental sealants can make a big impact on whether you develop cavities in the future.

So, you understand what dental sealants are and how they are an instrument in cavity prevention – even for adults – you need to know about the material used. Sealants are made of a plastic material that covers a tooth’s chewing surface. It is usually reserved for premolars and molars, where decay hits the most.

The simple, painless procedure helps prevent decay from forming in these areas, by making it so food and plaque can’t gather in depressions and grooves on the surfaces of teeth and allow acids to penetrate the enamel. Dental sealants also leave bacteria with no place to grow. The benefits of sealants include, decreased future cost, less time spent at the dentist, decreased pain and discomfort, and possibly may even save your teeth from unnecessary cavities.

Dr. Madalina Iorgulescu can determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental sealants, when you contact our office at 908-273-0884.

Process of Applying Dental Sealants

Getting sealants take a short period, about fifteen minutes or so, and shouldn’t cause any pain. The application includes:

– Cleaning the tooth’s surface and drying it
– Applying an acidic gel to briefly roughen the tooth surface, which helps adhere the sealant to your natural tooth
– The dental hygienist will then rinse the gel and dry the tooth shortly after
– The sealant is then applied, with a blue light used to solidify it onto the tooth

Dental sealants can be affective for at least ten years, before they need to be reapplied. Contact us at Morristown & Summit Prosthodontics for more information on dental sealants in Summit, New Jersey. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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