Dental Sealants in Carmel, CA
Dental sealants serve to prevent decay on the surfaces of your teeth. Completed by a simple procedure, dental sealants “seal” the grooves of your teeth, acting as a barrier and protecting against plaque and acids. Dental sealants are made of a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” that is painted onto your teeth after an acid has been used to roughen up the surface, allowing the coating to bond to your tooth in minutes. Although brushing and flossing help to aid against decay, dental sealants provide protection against areas that brushing and flossing cannot reach.
How Are Dental Sealants Applied?
Applying a dental sealant is a safe and painless procedure that only takes a few minutes to complete. Although brushing and flossing help aid against decay, dental sealants protect areas that brushing and flossing cannot reach. Bits of remaining food stuck in the grooves of your teeth are the ideal place for bacteria to grow. Sealants “seal” the grooves of your teeth, acting as a barrier and protecting against plaque and acids. Dental sealants are made of a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” painted onto your teeth after an acid has been used to roughen up the surface. The rough surface allows the coating to bond to your tooth in minutes. The procedure is completed right in our office, often after your routine cleaning.
When Should I Get Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants benefit both adults and children. We recommend applying a sealant when their first molars appear at around the age of six years old for your child. Then again, when their adult molars appear around the age of 12. Your child’s molars are in the far back of their mouth and are difficult to brush and floss thoroughly. You can ensure their molars and the rest of their teeth are better protected by applying sealant. Sealants also provide protection for adults.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
When properly applied, sealants can last several years. It’s essential to stay up to date on your routine dental exams. During your cleaning, our dentists will determine the condition of your sealant and may choose to reapply it. Reapplying sealant provides you with the same level of protection as the initial application.
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At Carmel River Dentistry, we’re committed to providing our patients with reliable dental services that help brighten and protect their teeth. With decades of experience, you can always trust us to provide you with the very best dental services throughout the area. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.