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What are dental sealants?

What are dental sealants?

Cavity preventers: Posterior permanent teeth have deep grooves and crevices on the chewing surface. This is the most common area to get a cavity on these teeth. Dental sealants are a composite material that is flowed into these areas to make them "shallow valleys" so food and bacteria can't get stuck in these grooves, thus making it harder to get a cavity. Sealants are cost effective and easy for the patient. ...Read more

Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
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Dental Sealants (Definition)

Dental sealants is a thin coating of plastic applied to the grooves of teeth to protect ...Read more


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What do dental sealants do?

What do dental sealants do?

Cavity prevention: Posterior permanent teeth have deep grooves and crevices on the chewing surface. This is the most common area to get a cavity on these teeth. Dental sealants are a composite material that is flowed into these areas to make them "shallow valleys" so food and bacteria can't get stuck in these grooves, thus making it harder to get a cavity. Sealants are cost effective and easy for the patient. ...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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Who should get dental sealants?

Who should get dental sealants?

Anyone: Generally speaking, sealants are used in children. However, they are beneficial in adults as well...If the adult patient is at high risk for tooth decay. Sealants work by filling in the deep grooves in the teeth, thus taking away "hiding places" for plaque bacteria which cause cavities. ...Read more

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Are dental sealants supposed to last?

Are dental sealants supposed to last?

NO! Just a temp fix!: It has been my experience that dental implants don't last very long. Most dentist don't adequately clean the tooth (via light air abrasion), etch for the required period of time of effectively isolate the site from contaminating moisture. And. Even when all of this is done correctly, stick foods can still remove the thin layer of plastic sealants. A minimally invasive filling might be best! ...Read more

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What is used to make dental sealants?

What is used to make dental sealants?

Almost white filling: Technically it's called an unfilled resin, aka plastic but....You should think of it as a soft white filling used to reduce the risk of getting a cavity on that surface of the tooth. Generally used on children ages 6 and up. ...Read more

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Do dental sealants change if you grind?

Do dental sealants change if you grind?

Yes, they will wear.: Dental sealants are softer than tooth enamel so if you grind your teeth, the top of the sealant will wear away. However, the sealant will stay in the depths of the pits and fissures of the tooth. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of dental sealants?

What are the benefits of dental sealants?

Prevents decay: Sealants are commonly done for children on their molars to seal the fissures (valleys) on the tops of the teeth. This helps to prevent decay in these areas. It is not usually done on adults but if you desire this, you should consult your dentist. ...Read more

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Could dental sealants change how you bite?

Could dental sealants change how you bite?

Sealants: Sealants, if not properly finished could cause an interference in your bite. If they are too large, they may need to be adjusted. A very simple procedure. ...Read more

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What are things to know about dental sealants?

What are things to know about dental sealants?

Prevent cavities: Sealants are resins that are flowed into the naturally occurring grooves of teeth, and then harden to form a protective seal against the bacteria that cause decay in your teeth. They are an excellent method to prevent decay from developing in otherwise healthy teeth. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to eat after getting dental sealants?

How long should I wait to eat after getting dental sealants?

Anytime: You can eat right away after the dental sealants are placed. Usually your tooth surface will be cleaned prior to the sealants. After the sealants are placed and light cured, then the sealants are hardened and you can eat right away. ...Read more

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Please advise what are the cutting edge methods for dental sealants?

One step technique: There is a new product that is only one step and easier to use, instead of etching the teeth then placing the sealant, making sure the mouthis dry, the new material states it is only one step ...Read more

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I recently heard about dental sealants from a friend. What are dental sealants. Who should get thrm and how long they last?

I recently heard about dental sealants from a friend. What are dental sealants. Who should get thrm and how long they last?

Dental sealants: Are a composite coating placed on your tooth chewing surface to protect tooth decay. Dental sealants are not for everyone and dental sealants cannot stop or treat tooth decay. See your dentist for more information. ...Read more

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Are etching gels used for dental sealants?

Are etching gels used for dental sealants?

Yes: Etching gels aid in having the sealant adhere to the deep grooves of your tooth. ...Read more

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Can dental sealants stop sensitivity?

Yes and no: Yes and no, this same material can be placed on exposed root surfaces to seal them and prevent sensitivity. Sensitivity is usally not found on the top of the tooth unless decay has progressed and when that happens a filling is needed as a sealant won't work. ...Read more

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Why did my son get cavities under his dental sealants and what do we do?

Why did my son get cavities under his dental sealants and what do we do?

See below: Dental sealants are not an end all. They can help decrease the chance of getting cavities, but one still may. Should see the dentist. ...Read more

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Is it normal to use gel to place dental sealants damage enamel?

Of course: This bonding gel will allow the sealant to bond to the surface of the tooth and protect the surface for a long time. ...Read more

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Is it possible for dental sealants to stick to dental fillings?

Is it possible for dental sealants to stick to dental fillings?

Sealants: Dental sealants are supposed to adhere to enamel surface to prevent caries in deep pits and fissures. They are not made to adhere to fillings. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have dental sealants on all of your teeth for life?

They do last..: Sealants are great and worth the initial expense when applied. Each dentist has his own thought on who and how many teeth get sealed. For my patients I usually only do molars unless a person does appear cavity pron or has deep pits and fissures on their premolars. Some dentist seal all posterior teeth regardless. Anterior teeth are very rarely sealed. ...Read more

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Can I apply dental sealants on molars that already have filled cavities?

Can I apply dental sealants on molars that already have filled cavities?

No: Not unless the area does not have a filling that will come in contact with he sealant. ...Read more

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Have dental sealants for children been tested for longperiod of time? Are they safe?

Have dental sealants for children been tested for longperiod of time? Are they safe?

Yup: Dental sealants have been around for more than 3 decades. When done with a good, clean technique, they are very effective and may last for decades. ...Read more

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How long does it take for new dental sealants to feel normal? How son got dental sealants for the first time, and he keeps complaining about how he doesn't like the way his teeth feel now, and how he doesn't want to eat because of it. Are there any kind o

How long does it take for new dental sealants to feel normal? How son got dental sealants for the first time, and he keeps complaining about how he doesn't like the way his teeth feel now, and how he doesn't want to eat because of it. Are there any kind o

Sealant is too high: Sometimes, unintentionally, the dentist or hygienist may apply the sealant too thick. Usually this adjusts on its own after a day or two of eating if it is only slightly high. If it is very thick, however, the dentist needs to adjust it in the office. Go back to the dentist's office, they should adjust these at no cost to you. If done correctly the patient does not feel the sealant at all. ...Read more

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Can adults have dental sealants applied? I know that dental sealants are usually applied on the 6 and 12 year molars, but I never had that done. I have some deep grooves in two of my molars that are just about impossible for me clean. Could I have sealant

Yes: Yes an adult could have sealants placed, but is it necessary? It might be a good idea for you if you are cavities prone and you really cannot clean those deep groves. However, if you have not had cavities in those grooves by age 32 there might be an easier way to keep you teeth free of decay like flouride treatments. ...Read more

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Do dental sealants prevent gum erosion?

No: No. Sealants are put onto the biting surface of the teeth... Not near the gums. ...Read more

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Will dental sealants to prevent gum erosion?

Will dental sealants to prevent gum erosion?

NO: No a dental sealant will not protect your gum tissue from eroding. Have your dentist check your bite and make sure it is balanced. Also check for wear facets or signs of clenching and grinding. Also make sure you do not use anything stiffer than a soft tooth brush. ...Read more

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Can dental sealants cause problems like tooth sensitivity?

Can dental sealants cause problems like tooth sensitivity?

Should not: Dental sealants are a thin, preventive coating placed over deep grooves in teeth to prevent cavities. You should have no pain or sensitivity with sealants. If a sealant is too thick, it may cause you to put too much pressure on the tooth when you bite down on it. Over time, this can make tooth sensitive. A minor adjustment to thin sealant and reduce the pressure, should stop any sensitivity. ...Read more

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Can I get dental sealants on my front teeth that are thinning?

Can I get dental sealants on my front teeth that are thinning?

Sealants won't help: Sealants cover pits and fissures of teeth to prevent bacteria from getting into those areas- or prevent the bacteria that are already in those areas from getting foods they will metabolize thereby making acids that make cavities. Talk to your dentist about other ways to address your thinning teeth. ...Read more

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My dental sealants have been placed too high, will they adjust and lower or should I call my dentist to fix them, I don't want to bug her.

My dental sealants have been placed too high, will they adjust and lower or should I call my dentist to fix them, I don't want to bug her.

Sealant adjustment: Call your dentist for a quick and easy adjustment. They will not self-adjust on their own and will only cause the teeth and\or jaw to become sore. Your dentist wants you to be comfortable and will be glad to get you in right away for the adjustment. Personally, I would be upset if one of my patients does not let me know right away and has to be needlessly uncomfortable. ...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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I have dental sealants on my back teeth, am I still allowed to get braces?

I have dental sealants on my back teeth, am I still allowed to get braces?

Sealants: Absolutely! Dental sealants are a protective coating placed on the biting surface of the back teeth to protect from getting cavities. Braces will not interfere. Be sure to brush and floss well when you have braces since sealants don't protect from cavities between teeth. ...Read more

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Can sealants be put on front teeth? The enamel on all my teeth is very thin, so i’m wondering if dental sealants on all of them, not just the back ones would be helpful?

Yes: Sealants can be placed on front teeth, but usually is done on the backs if there are deep pits. It is not strong enough to strengthen thin enamel. ...Read more

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I got dental sealants. There are two teeth directly in contact and it feels and looks way too high and thick and I can't fully close my mouth.

Go Back: Go back to the Dentist and have the bite checked. Often there is too much material left and it requires adjustment. Do not wait. Smart thinking on your part. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Are there any disadvantage to dental sealants that we need to worry about? Our dentist recommended that our daughter get dental sealants. I never had those as a kid and don't know much about them. They sound like they might really help with cavities, but

Go for it!: Sealants are flowed into the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth, preventing bacteria from lodging in the grooves and turning sugars into acid. Sealants, combined with Fluoride management, have resulted in dramatic reduction in incidence of decayed, missing, and filled teeth. So today's kids don't require as much "dentistry" as your generation, which is a very good thing. ...Read more

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How can you get cavities after getting dental sealants? My daughter had dental sealants done at her last dentist visit, and this time we've been told she has a cavity in one of the same teeth that the sealant was applied to. How is that possible? Was the

I: I know this may sound odd, but how long ago were the sealants placed (your last dental visit)? Six months? One year? Three years?

Sealants and a very thin layer of resin that is flowed into the nooks and crannnies of the back teeth. They do not last forever, three to four years, plus or minus.

It may very well be that the sealant chipped or debonded, either from normal wear and tear or from a moisture contamination during placement.

It is hard to answer your question definitively sight unseen and not knowing how long ago they were done. Or, the cavity may be on a different surface of the tooth that was not sealed in the first place. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be allergic to dental sealants? Our eight year old daughter got dental sealants for the first time three weeks ago, and since then has been complaining about having "an itchy mouth". I looked in her mouth, and it maybe looks a little red

Not from sealants: Although anything's possible, allergic reaction to sealants not probable. Could be from over contoured sealant, allergic reaction to food/new toothpaste/environmental allergens/etc. Please call your dentist. ...Read more

Dr. David Goldstein
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Sealants (Definition)

Dental sealants help reduce the risk of developing cavities on the ...Read more