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What Are Sealants?

What is a Sealant?

According to the American Dental Association, "A sealant is a thin, protective coating (made from plastic or other dental materials) that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth." The purpose of sealants is to prevent teeth from developing cavities. Sealants will often last for several years before needing to be reapplied. During your regular dental cleaning, your dentist will check the condition of the sealant and can replace them if necessary.

Who is a Candidate For Sealants? Children and teenagers tend to be the most common candidate for sealants because their molars and premolars have fissures (grooves). However, adults without prior dental work may have sealants placed in their molars as well. It's important to regularly schedule dental cleanings to determine if you are in need of sealants.

How is a Sealant Placed?

Sealants are quick and easy! The first step is placing etch (an acidic cleansing gel) to clean the tooth surface. After a few seconds, your dentist will rinse off the gel and dry your tooth before applying the sealant onto your tooth. Your dentist will then use a blue curing light to harden the sealant.

If you have questions or need to make a dental appointment, please call our Westerville office

@ 614-882-2249.

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