Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants Kingston, PA

If you’re looking for a way to protect your teeth and prevent cavities, dental sealants are a great solution. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), these protective sealants help reduce the risk of tooth decay by nearly 80% in the molars. Find out more about dental sealants below, and schedule an appointment at our Kingston, PA office to determine if this is the right preventative solution for you.

    What Are Dental Sealants?

    Dental sealants are thin coatings made from plastic or other dental materials, placed on the chewing surfaces of molars or premolars. The sealants create a barrier over the grooves and pits of the back teeth, making brushing more manageable in those areas. Sealants are a beneficial solution for maintaining optimal oral health and decreasing the risk of cavities.

    How Do Dental Sealants Work?

    The procedure itself is non-invasive, and both adults and children can get dental sealants. Just keep in mind that sealants are placed on decay-free teeth as a preventative solution, not a restorative solution for teeth that are already decayed.

    The Treatment Process

    Applying sealants only takes a few minutes, include these simple steps:

    • Step 1: All chewing surfaces are cleaned, and the dentist confirms they are cavity-free.
    • Step 2: A gel is then applied to the teeth and dried. This gel is similar to a primer and helps the sealants adhere to the teeth better.
    • Step 3: The gel is then rinsed off, and the teeth are dried to prepare the sealants to be placed.
    • Step 4: The dental sealants are then painted into the grooves of the teeth, and a dental light is used to dry the sealant material.
    • Step 5: The sealants are checked to ensure they are secure and feel comfortable for the patient.

    Benefits of Dental Sealants

    Dental sealants prevent food and bacteria from getting stuck in the grooves of the back teeth. This results in fewer cavities and less need for more costly dental restoration treatments. In other words, you will experience fewer dental problems and greater savings on expensive dental procedures.

    How Often Do Sealants Need to Be Replaced?

    Typically, sealants can last for several years, depending on your diet. Although sealants are strong, they can be worn down by chewing sticky foods or ice. During your regular dental exam, we will check on the condition of your sealants and make sure they are still protecting your teeth and don’t need to be replaced.

    What to Expect from Dental Sealants?

    Expect your dental sealants to feel completely normal. Since the sealant material is clear, it’s hard for patients even to notice them. You can also expect your risk of tooth decay to be decreased by 80% on teeth with sealants—making them easier to clean and maintain.

    Schedule Appointment

    Fighting tooth decay is a big deal at Brand Dental! Schedule an appointment today to see if you’re a good candidate for dental sealants at our Kingston, PA office.