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Could this be a bad thing to refuse sealants?

Could this be a bad thing to refuse sealants?

Could be: Dental sealants provide a physical barrier so bacteria can't sit in the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of teeth and make cavities. Bacteria digests what we eat, particularly carbohydrates, and produces acids that make cavities. Studies have shown that when small cavities are covered with dental sealants, the bacteria are "starved" and can stop the cavity from getting bigger. ...Read more

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Sealants (Definition)

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Are there any bad sides of getting a sealant? Could decay possibly get trapped in the tooth, causing it to rot?

Are there any bad sides of getting a sealant? Could decay possibly get trapped in the tooth, causing it to rot?

Sealants: Done properly, the sealants are "sealed" to the tooth and prevent decay rather than promoting or causing it. If you trust your dentist, trust his/her recommendations. I have used sealants on my own children without any reservations. ...Read more

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Is dental sealants good or bad?

Is dental sealants good or bad?

Sealants: Are a great tool to prevent decay on the biting surfaces of the teeth where the grooves are. However, they must be properly maintained and replaced as necessary. Most sealants last 2-3 years. ...Read more

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Can uneven dental sealants cause bad jaw alignment. I think I feel my jaw trying to accommodate to a too high dental sealant, should I be concerned?

High spot: a high spot on a sealant or restoration can throw the bite off and the result is patient dependent some will notice it more then others, some adapt to it others dont. best to have the dentist who placed them check the bite and adjust it accordingly ...Read more

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2 front teeth are badly chipped. Dentist wants to put sealants. What is this and will my teeth look normal again. Is it similar to tooth restoration?

Second opinion: Is warranted. Dental sealant is a thin, composite coating painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent tooth decay. It is also used to protect an exposed dentin in a broken or chipped tooth. However, it is not a durable material for permanent or cosmetic restorations. Rec.: second opinion with another dentist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sealants?

Cavity Prevention: Dental sealants help reduce the risk of developing cavities on the biting surfaces of teeth. ...Read more

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How long do you hve to wait to eat after getting sealants?

Right away: You can eat and drink right after getting sealants. They are cured with a light and are stable at that time. ...Read more

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The main components of fissure sealants and their percentages?

The main components of fissure sealants and their percentages?

No easy answer: There are many different sealants, but generally two types: resin and glass-ionomer cement. However, each of these types can have many different formulations. For example, resin dental sealants can be clear, white or green, filled or unfilled, have fluoride. They can be hardened with a light, or over time. Contact manufacturers for specific content and percentages. ...Read more

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What are the main components of fissure sealants and their percentages?

What are the main components of fissure sealants and their percentages?

Composite Resin: Fissure sealants are composed of unfilled or lightly filled composite resins. After the area of a tooth which is at risk of decay is cleaned and etched the resin in bonded into place and serves as a barrier to bacterial acid and impacted food which could predispose the progress of decay. This barrier of composite can only be placed when the incipient decay has been removed. You still must brush. Now you asked for percentages. The companies that produce the various resins we use will all have slightly different ratios, but generally they are around 90% bis gma resins with some fillers and a light stimulated stabilizer which in response to strong light of a particular frequency that shatters the stabilizer bond and drives the chemical reaction from left to right causing the material to set like glass. Dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts. ...Read more

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Could a child who had sealants in his molars get cavities in his molars?

Could a child who had sealants in his molars get cavities in his molars?

Yes: Sealants don't last forever, they get worn down by grinding teeth either by eating or teeth grinding. Sealants are good but sometimes need to be replaced. ...Read more

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