What to Know About Dental Sealant

One of the best ways to protect your teeth is by having a dental sealant placed over the teeth to protect them from plaque and acid that may threaten the enamel of your teeth. To learn more about the benefits of a dental sealant and what to expect if you have an upcoming appointment, continue reading. If you have any further questions about dental sealant and if this process is right for you, do not hesitate to consult our team at the Dental Associates of Basking Ridge. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

What is a dental sealant?

A dental sealant is placed on the molars and premolars. It is a piece of plastic that is used to protect your teeth from the bacteria, acid, and plaque that may threaten the overall health of your teeth. When acids and bacteria wear away at your enamel, tooth decay occurs. This can weaken your teeth over time. Sealants reduce cavities and can last for years to come. Installing sealant is simple and painless. The process does not require any drilling or numbing. You can expect the procedure to last about 30 seconds for the sealant to bond to the tooth surface with a self-curing light. Sealant cannot be boned to teeth that already have tooth decay or fillings. It is best to be proactive when choosing to get sealants. Once you have a sealant placed, it is best to keep up with a strict oral care regimen. Sealants act as protection for up to 10 years. However, decay is always possible without a proper dental routine.

What should I know about dental sealants for children?

You may want to discuss having a sealant installed if you are worried about your child’s oral health. It is beneficial to have a sealant placed at a young age. Sealants can’t be used on a person who has existing tooth decay or filling. It is recommended by some dental professionals to have sealants applied immediately after permanent molars grow in. This is typically around age 6.

If you have any further questions about if dental sealants are right for you or your child, do not hesitate to contact our dental team at the Basking Ridge Dentists. Give our dental office a call today to discuss your options.

Contact The Dental Associates of Basking Ridge

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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