Sealants

DENTIST IN ARLINGTON, VA

Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay and cavities on your molars and premolars. These areas are the most susceptible to cavities due to the anatomized grooves.
Typically, children get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in at around ages six and twelve.

The process of applying sealants is easy and fast. The application steps are as follows:

  1. A thorough cleaning of the tooth surface is performed
  2. The tooth is then dried
  3. A gelatin acid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to help the sealant bond
  4. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, sealed with a UV Light which creates a bond between the sealant material and tooth surface blocking out bacteria and plaque.

Sealants may last for several years before a reapplication is needed. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.

Sealants are not a substitute for brushing your teeth. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep up with professional dental cleanings. Also, sealants do not protect between the teeth, so it is essential to continue to floss daily.

For more information on sealants, contact our Arlington dentist.