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Dental Sealants for Children, Teens and Adults.

Dental sealants also known as pit or fissure sealants are thin protective coatings that are painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars & molars) that can prevent cavities (tooth decay) for many years. The sealants protect the chewing surfaces from cavities by covering them with a protective shield that blocks out germs and food.

Stained chewing surfaces need to be cleaned first to remove any possible bacteria from entering the tooth after the surface has been sealed.

Dental Sealants are one of the best preventative painless treatments for almost eliminating the possibility of further decay from the top of the tooth.

What are Dental Sealants made of?

They come as a liquid resin that hardens into a plastic material once applied to the pit and fissures of a tooth.

Does this dental procedure hurt?

Dental Sealants are painless in that they are a liquid resin that is simply applied onto the teeth and within a couple of minutes will be dry and hard.

Which teeth should be sealed and when?

Dental Sealants are usually placed on Premolar and Molar teeth and the best time would be after the permanent (adult) teeth have fully erupted in your child’s mouth.

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How long does the procedure take?

The tooth or teeth are thoroughly cleaned and dried before the sealant is applied. The Dental Sealant liquid is placed onto the tooth surface where it will flow into the pits and fissures. The liquid is then usually set by using an ultra violet light. Once sealed the tooth surfaces becomes smooth and is easy to clean.

How long do Dental Sealants last?

Usually they will protect teeth for up to 10 years, however they still need to be checked at your regular dental check-up for any signs of cracks and wear. Also, you still need to keep up with good oral habits of brushing and flossing your teeth daily.

Who needs Dental Sealants?

Unfortunately, a lot of children and teens don’t necessarily have the greatest oral habits, especially when it comes to the teeth at the back of the mouth, which then leads onto cavities and decay. Generally, those who are genetically prone to cavities, lack access to dental care, etc are prime candidates for dental sealants.

Benefits of Dental Sealants:

Helps reduce the possibility of cavities by keeping out food particles and bacteria.

Saves Money – The cost of treating cavities can be expensive.

Saves time – Since Dental Sealants help reduce the possibility of cavities, you spend a lot less time dealing with Oral health issues.

You are healthier – The old saying of prevention is better than cure, certainly applies here. Dental Sealants will improve the overall health of your teeth and gums, because cavities require filling, which in turn compromises the health and strength of the tooth.

Quick and easy solution – Dental sealants are applied easily and quickly, cause no pain or discomfort during the treatment and will last for years.

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Summary:

If you are wondering if your child or teen could benefit from dental sealants, give our friendly team at the “The Dental Junction” a call today on 07 5473 5117.

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