Protective Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a simple yet effective preventative measure against tooth decay. At Wicker Park Dental Studio, we offer dental sealants as part of our comprehensive dental care services.

What Are Dental Sealants and How Do They Prevent Decay?

Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. They fill the grooves and fissures of teeth, creating a smooth surface that is less likely to harbor plaque and bacteria, significantly reducing the risk of cavities.

The Dental Sealant Application Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

The application of dental sealants is quick, painless, and non-invasive:

  • Cleaning: The tooth is thoroughly cleaned.
  • Preparation: The tooth is prepared with a solution that helps the sealant adhere.
  • Application: The sealant material is applied to the tooth's surface.
  • Curing: The sealant is hardened using a special curing light.

Who Can Benefit from Dental Sealants?

While commonly recommended for children and teenagers as soon as their permanent molars come in, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.

Longevity and Care of Dental Sealants

Dental sealants can last several years but need to be checked regularly for wear and tear during routine dental visits. They can be easily replaced if necessary.

Common Misconceptions About Dental Sealants

Some people worry about the safety and durability of dental sealants. However, they are safe and effective, providing a valuable tool in preventing tooth decay, especially in hard-to-clean areas.

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