A dental sealant is a preventive dental treatment used to protect your teeth from decay. The dental sealant is painted onto the chewing surface of the tooth – typically on the molars and pre-molars. Sealant prevents decay and cavities by blocking out bacteria and food debris. The dental sealant is placed onto the grooves and pits of the surface of the tooth to smoothen it out. This makes it easier to brush your teeth and remove plaque.
Sealants are very effective at preventing cavities in children. In fact, statistics show that sealants can reduce the risk of cavities by as much as 80%.
While adults can get dental sealants if they are prone to cavities, they are usually recommended for children. Our dentist frequently recommends sealants for permanent molars. These teeth usually erupt when your child is between the ages of 6 and 12. Dental sealants require just one short visit. Sealants can help keep your smile healthy by blocking food particles and therefore preventing decay.
Our friendly dentist Dr. Jamil Sowan can put dental sealants on your child’s teeth to prevent tooth decay caused by food and plaque on the chewing surfaces. To learn more about dental sealants in Manassas, Virginia, contact our office today. To make your child’s appointment, call Pop Smiles Dentistry at (703) 844-0404.
Dental Sealant Process
Applying a sealant is simple and painless. It is the equivalent to painting the teeth. The process takes just a few minutes. Sealants are usually done in conjunction with cleaning appointments but can be done in a separate appointment as well.
The first step is to clean the teeth. Teeth are then dried. A clear or tooth-colored solution is then placed on the teeth to allow the sealant to easily bond to them. The teeth are rinsed and dried. The sealant is then painted on the teeth. It will usually dry and harden on its own, although sometimes a special light is used.
What to Know About Dental Sealants
Sealants can last about 10 years with proper care. However, they are prone to chips and wear down easily. However, they can be easily replaced.
Dental sealants are painless. They are also safe to use and have never caused any adverse reactions.
Adults can benefit from sealants. This is especially true for older adults, who tend to produce less saliva. Saliva is helpful in preventing tooth decay. Sealants can be placed over cavities but will need to be monitored to prevent further damage. Sealants cannot be placed on dental restorations or implants.
Sealants are often covered by insurance if the patient is under the age of 18. If you have questions about insurance coverage, contact our office today.
Learn more about this great dental treatment today. Dental sealants can improve your oral health and maintain your smile. We offer many services and treatments to keep your smile in good health. Call or visit our office today to learn more or schedule a consultation. Call Pop Smiles Dentistry at (703) 844-0404.