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How long does tooth sealant take to put on?

How long does tooth sealant take to put on?

A couple of minutes: It's one of the most simple, inexpensive procedures and one that can serve you for many years and prevent problems in the future. It usually doesn't need any shots or drilling and a few sealants in all your molars can take about 10-15 minutes, no pain! ...Read more

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How long does it take for a dentist to apply sealants to two teeth?

How long does it take for a dentist to apply sealants to two teeth?

Varies: The time varies for different sealant materials, patient cooperation, and other factors.
Typically, it only takes a few minutes to seal 2 teeth. ...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 you put a sealant on a front tooth?

Can you put a sealant on a front tooth?

Sealants are: Typically placed on the chewing surfaces of molars, sometimes premolars. With that said, there are some clear sealants that can be painted on other tooth surfaces like front teeth when a large filling has been placed. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long after having sealant in your tooth can you eat?

How long after having sealant in your tooth can you eat?

Right away: You can eat and drink right away after having sealants done. They are cured with a light and stable at that time. ...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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How can the dentist put sealant in your teeth?

Very Easy: Your dentist will bathe the area to be sealed with phosphoric acid, and after washing it off, s/he will flow a sealant into the pits and fissures, and then cure the sealant with a very bright light. Totally painless. ...Read more

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Can you have braces if you've had fissure sealants put on your teeth?

Can you have braces if you've had fissure sealants put on your teeth?

Absolutely: In fact, the sealants to protect those back teeth may be seen as an advantage. Often orthodontists are placing sealant materials on the front surfaces of other teeth to protect them as well during braces treatments, too. ...Read more

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Is it possible to put sealant on the front 4 teeth if they are weak and chipping?

Is it possible to put sealant on the front 4 teeth if they are weak and chipping?

Not 4 that purpose: Sealants are meant as a preventive measure to seal pits and fissures, mostly on back teeth to prevent those areas from forming cavities. If your teeth are weak and chipping, something more substantial would be necessary to treat\fix\strengthen those teeth. See your dentist to explore your treatment options and what would be best in your particular case. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still get cavities if I've had a fissure sealant put on my teeth?

Is it possible to still get cavities if I've had a fissure sealant put on my teeth?

Yes: Sealants are typically only placed on the occlusal (biting) surface, buccal (cheek) pits & fissures & lingual (tongue) grooves. Sealants do not provide any protection for interproximal areas (in-between) teeth so that's why daily flossing is recommended. If a sealant starts to break down, decay may start to occur underneath or around the failing sealant. Hence, regular check-ups with your dentist. ...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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Fissure sealant on tooth painful?

Fissure sealant on tooth painful?

It should not be: Sealants should not be painful to have them done. ...Read more

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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?

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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How can I have a cavity on a tooth that's been sealed? I found out this week that I have on my first cavity on the top of one of my molars that has a sealant on it. How is that possible? .

How can I have a cavity on a tooth that's been sealed? I found out this week that I have on my first cavity on the top of one of my molars that has a sealant on it. How is that possible? .

It is possible: Dental sealants help reduce the risk of developing cavities on the biting surfaces of teeth. They can’t prevent 100% of cavities from forming. Whenever you have tooth structure, you have the chance of developing decay. ...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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Sealing preexisting fillings to prevent new cavities all the cavities I get are not new but underneath my old fillings. Is there a way to use a sealant around the outside edges where a cavity meets the tooth to stop this?

Sealing preexisting fillings to prevent new cavities all the cavities I get are not new but underneath my old fillings. Is there a way to use a sealant around the outside edges where a cavity meets the tooth to stop this?

That depends: Sealants can not be used around silver amalgam fillings. Sealants can not be used if there is already decay under or around an existing filling. If an exisiting composite filling has a small defect on a margin it can sometimes be repaired with sealant before any new decay developes. ...Read more

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Hello there, I am an adult and got sealants on my teeth one year ago. I am having tooth & jaw pain that sometimes gives me headaches. It radiates up into my head. Is it possible I would need a root canal? How likely is that scenario?

Sealent issues: It would be unlikely that the sealants caused the the pain, especially if the discomfort did not start for a year.
There may be decay under the sealant but you would need to get an xray to check on it. I would think that a change in your bite could cause all these symptoms, but you will need to see a dentist to evaluate. ...Read more

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Are the tooth sealents dentists use neurotoxic?

Are the tooth sealents dentists use neurotoxic?

No: The material we use to seal a tooth is the same material we use to do permanent white fillings. Before any material is cleared to be used in the mouth it undergoes extensive testing as prescribed by the fda. This material has been in use for over 25 years with no reports of any toxicity. Sealants are recommended for permanent teeth with deep grooves to keep food and bacteria out. ...Read more

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I was told that I should get sealants on my child's teeth. Are they really necessary?

I was told that I should get sealants on my child's teeth. Are they really necessary?

Avoid cavaties: Sealants are a good way to avoid cavities in toddlers & young kids. This is not an easy group to work on & fill cavities & major restoration requires they be put to sleep. If you would rather do it the old fashion way & accept the risk, u can skip it. ...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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What do sealants do for teeth?

Sealants: Sealants fill in the tiny pits and fissures where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. They help prevent cavities. ...Read more

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Please answer me. Is a dental sealant, to protect from stains, only applied to the back teeth of children?

Dental Sealants: Dental sealants are placed to help prevent cavities from forming in the pits and fissures of posterior (back) teeth. It can also be applied to adult teeth. Anterior (front) teeth do not have pits and fissures that put the teeth at risk for cavities (except for the linguals of the lateral maxillary incisors). ...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 children get sealants before all of their baby teeth come in? I would like get sealants for both of our kids, but neither of them have all of their baby teeth yet. Is there any point in getting them yet? .

Can children get sealants before all of their baby teeth come in? I would like get sealants for both of our kids, but neither of them have all of their baby teeth yet. Is there any point in getting them yet? .

Richland, Rarely,: Richland,
rarely, are baby (primary) teeth sealed. Commonly, 1st molars (6 year molars) which coincidently come in around age six, should be sealed. Tweelve year molars (2nd molars) can be sealed around, wait for it.... Twelve years old. And some may seal adult premolars upon their eruption.
I would focus on brushing their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Fluoride supplements dependent on your communities level of water fluoridization. And regular six months visits to your dentist for cleanings, exams, and Fluoride treatments.
Finally, most responsible parents are aware the damage candy and soda can do to their kids teeth. But, are unaware of the dangers of fruit juice and later on, sports drinks. The keys are moderation, minimal exposure time, and cleaning after.
Hope this is helpful,
michael i. Wollock, dmd, agd fellow
dentistry at suburban square
610-649-0313
www. Dentistryatsuburbansquare. Com. ...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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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.

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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My daughter had 2 cavities my regular dentist was going to fill them but went on holidays so went to another dentist he did fissure sealants my regular dentist said these teeth should have been filled. Please what should I do thanks?

Opinion difference: Ask a dozen Dentists a question and you will get 3 dozen different answers. Sealants have been used successfully to limit very small (incipient) cavities from progressing. There comes a point, however, that the decay has invaded to the point that it has to be excavated and the area filled. Knowing nothing about your daughter or the extent of her problem it's impossible to say. ...Read more

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The dentist wants to do sealants on my 10 yr. Old daughter's baby and permanent teeth. What does this mean?

Prevention: Sealants are used in dentistry to fill tiny gaps and crevices on top of the teeth with a runny resin materials to prevent the formation of cavities. Children teeth are very vulnerable at this early stage and this procedure help to protect them until they mature and the patient is able to maintain them. ...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

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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Had tooth taken out dentist put gelfoam in hole. How long does it take to dissolve?

Had tooth taken out dentist put gelfoam in hole. How long does it take to dissolve?

Depends: Gelfoam is used as a hemostatic agent (to stop bleeding). The absorption is dependent on several factors, including the amount used, degree of saturation with blood, and the site of use. When placed in soft tissues, Gelfoam is usually absorbed completely in 4 to 6 weeks. ...Read more

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I had a tooth extracted yesterday for a implant. Tooth 12 to be exact. They put in bone chips. How long does this process take?

I had a tooth extracted yesterday for a implant. Tooth 12 to be exact. They put in bone chips. How long does this process take?

6 - 9 months 4 graft: You are describing a bone graft, which in most people takes 6 - 9 months to mature enough for an implant to be placed. Once the implant is surgically placed, the wait is about 6 months before a tooth (crown) can be placed on the implant. The time goes fast! Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me what do sealents do for your teeth?

Can you tell me what do sealents do for your teeth?

Dental Sealants: Dental sealants are used to fill in the defective pits and fissures in teeth. Food cannot get into these areas and it therefore makes them less susceptible to developing cavities. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if dental sealents make your teeth look ugly?

No, they do not: They are placed on the posterior teeth and are usually clear or tooth colored. It would be hard for anyone to see them. If they get that close, you're either going to kiss them or bite them. ...Read more

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How long does the gums take to heal to put false teeth?

How long does the gums take to heal to put false teeth?

6-8 weeks: It takes about 2 months for the gums to be ready for dentures, and about 3-4 months for the bone. However, dentures could be placed immediately at the time of extraction; they do not fit as well though. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get braces put on after having my teeth molded (sculptured)?

How long does it take to get braces put on after having my teeth molded (sculptured)?

About an hour: Once the orthodontist has determined the treatment plan, it may take about one to one and a half hours to place all the braces on the teeth. This will be depend on whether the orthodontist places bands on the molars or not. Placing bands takes about one-half hour and bonding the rest of the teeth about 45 minutes. Placing the wires will take 10 - 15 minutes. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal after getting teeth pulled and a immediate denture put in.?

How long does it take to heal after getting teeth pulled and a immediate denture put in.?

About 7-10 days: Tooth extraction sites usually within 7-10 days. The bone needed to support your immediate denture usually requires 6-8 weeks of healing prior to final denture fabrication. Dental implants can be a great option to hold the denture in place for a more secure fit. ...Read more