A 30-year-old member asked:
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i thought i got a filling for a cavity. but it was just a dental sealant. what are sealants?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Dental sealants: They are flowable dental resins similar in composition to composite fillings. They seal the pits and fissures in teeth and are less invasive than fillings. Rather than drilling out tooth structure, the surface enamel is cleaned and etched (or minimally removed) prior to the application of the sealant.
Answered on Dec 23, 2013

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