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Dental Sealants

Cavities are frustrating and painful. Almost every adult has had a cavity at some point or another. While brushing and flossing are the best methods to avoid a tooth infection, there are a few extra steps you can take to protect your smile.

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Dental sealants are effective and cost-efficient. Because of how simple and reliable they are, Dr. Desatnik often recommends dental sealants for both children and adults. Sealants make it easier than ever to care for your teeth and keep them healthy for years to come!

How Do Dental Sealants Work?

Dental sealants are made from a thin plastic coating that is painted onto the surface of your teeth. Once the sealant is applied, the resin will fill in all of the tooth’s hard-to-reach nooks and crevices. This does two things – it creates a protective barrier over the tooth, and it smooths the tooth’s chewing surface.

Cavities usually form on the top of a tooth. This is because the rough surface of your teeth is a great hiding place for bacteria. When a sealant is applied, it acts as a shield. Sealants prevent bacteria and food particles from reaching the vulnerable parts of your tooth. Dental sealants also smooth the surface of your teeth – making them easier to clean.

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Who Are Dental Sealants for?

Dental sealants are most common among children. Because children tend to eat more sweet foods than adults, they are more susceptible to cavities. Dental sealants can help protect a child’s teeth from decay while they grow and develop better eating and brushing habits.

Sealants aren’t just for children, though. Because they are so effective, Dr. Desatnik often recommends them for adults as well! Think of sealants as a secondary defense mechanism. Cavities are painful and expensive. With one inexpensive treatment, you can save yourself considerable amounts of time, money, and discomfort. Extra protection is always a good idea – even if you have amazing dental hygiene habits!

What is the Process?

This procedure is quick, easy, and pain-free! First, we will clean the surface of your teeth and gums. This will ensure there are no bacteria on your teeth when we apply the sealant. Once your teeth are ready, Dr. Desatnik will paint the sealant on as a liquid. He will then use a specialized curing light to harden it and create a secure barrier.

How Long Do Sealants Last?

With proper care, dental sealants can last for up to ten years. Because they wear off over time, we will check your and your family’s teeth during each visit and recommend replacements as needed.

If you or a family member need a little extra protection, call us at 216-464-9800 to ask about dental sealants. We would be happy to explain the treatment process or discuss your financing options.

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