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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

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Safety is a topic that includes recommendations for making the home and outdoor environments safe, especially for kids. This topic includes ideas on childproofing cabinets, keeping dangerous items locked up, ensuring balconies and stairs are safe, covering wiring and outlets, fencing off pools, staying away from cars, watching ...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?

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?

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?

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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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


Dr. David Goldstein
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Sealants (Definition)

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