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Should I get dental sealant for my molars?

Should I get dental sealant for my molars?

If indicated: Your dentist can advise you whether you are prone to dental decay in those areas and whether sealants will be helpful to you. ...Read more

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Molar Tooth (Definition)

The permanent molars occupy the most posterior portion of the dental arch. They are the primary grinding teeth in the mouth. Adult humans have twelve molars, in four groups of three at the back of the mouth. The third, rearmost molar in each group is called a wisdom tooth. It is the last tooth to appear, breaking through the gum tissue at about ...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

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 cavities? I'm thinking baout getting dental sealant applied. Does it fully prevent new cavities in molars, as long as there isn't already an existing cavity? .

Do dental sealants prevent cavities? I'm thinking baout getting dental sealant applied. Does it fully prevent new cavities in molars, as long as there isn't already an existing cavity?


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Dental : Dental sealants are used to protect your molars or pre-molars under perfect oral conditions or hygiene, if not they will act as a trap for bacteria and food particles causing your teeth to get decay, and they last for about 12 to 18 months, and then they will need to be replaced. Good luck! ...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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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?

Highly recommended!: Dental sealants are a great preventative measure to protect the biting surface of back teeth and pits and fissures in the back of front teeth. The sealants can be performed by a dentist or hygienist and help to prevent caries. It is a resin material that flows over the pits and grooves ...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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Are dental sealants only for children? I had dental sealants as a kid, and had far fewer problems with cavities than I have had as an adult. Can adults also get sealants, and would this help reduce how often i'm getting cavities? .

Are dental sealants only for children? I had dental sealants as a kid, and had far fewer problems with cavities than I have had as an adult. Can adults also get sealants, and would this help reduce how often i'm getting cavities?


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Good question: Sealants are very effective in both children and adults to help decrease the incidence of cavities on the chewing surfaces of teeth. You can still get cavities in between teeth, on the sides of teeth, at the gum line ... . A very nominal fee is charged for sealants. Sadly, the insurance gurus, in their all-knowing infinite wisdom, believe, that sealants beyond the age of 16 are non-insurable! ...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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What's the youngest age that dental sealants can be applied? I had sealants as a kid, and actually really liked them. I'd like to get them as soon as possible for our son, who's now nine. Can we do it as soon as all his permanent teeth come in? .

What's the youngest age that dental sealants can be applied? I had sealants as a kid, and actually really liked them. I'd like to get them as soon as possible for our son, who's now nine. Can we do it as soon as all his permanent teeth come in?


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Sealants: You can place sealants on posterior teeth once they are fully erupted. You do not need to wait until all of the teeth are there, you can do them as they come in. Sealants have been proven to be the most effective way to prevent occlusal cavities in children. ...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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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

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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What is a dental sealant made of?

What is a dental sealant made of?

Composite resin: It is important that resin sealants are placed on children's teeth after the pits and fissures are thoroughly cleansed. Either air abrasion or fissurotomy in a a well isolated and dry field. And children should then avoid stick candy, food and gum or they can be dislodges. ...Read more

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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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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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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?

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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Dental Sealants (Definition)

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Sealants (Definition)

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