Get Effective Protection For Healthy Smiles With Dental Sealants

When it comes to maintaining optimal oral health, preventive measures play a crucial role. At Methuen Family Dentistry in Methuen, dental sealants have emerged as a valuable tool in the fight against tooth decay and cavities.

Dental Sealants

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. Made from a plastic resin material, sealants are designed to seal off the deep grooves and fissures on the teeth, preventing bacteria and food particles from settling in those hard-to-reach areas.

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How are dental sealants applied?

Applying dental sealants is a quick and straightforward process typically performed by our dentist. The tooth surface is meticulously cleaned and dried to ensure optimal adhesion. A mild etching solution is applied to the tooth enamel, creating a rough surface to improve bonding. The dental sealant is carefully painted onto the tooth surface, where it flows into the grooves and fissures. A special curing light hardens the sealant, ensuring a strong and durable bond.

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What are the benefits of dental sealants?

Sealants act as a barrier, preventing bacteria and food particles from causing decay. They promote better oral hygiene practices by making it easier to clean the teeth thoroughly, reducing the risk of cavities. Sealants can last several years with proper care, safeguarding teeth during their most vulnerable years.

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Who is a good candidate for dental sealants?

Children and teenagers are the most common candidates for dental sealants, as they are particularly prone to cavities due to erratic oral hygiene habits and newly erupted permanent teeth. However, adults with deep grooves on their teeth can also benefit from sealants.

Contact us today to determine if dental sealants are the right choice for you or your loved ones, and take proactive steps towards maintaining healthy, cavity-free smiles for years to come.

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