Dental Sealants

Your Dental Sealant Dentist In Peoria, AZ

Since the 1970s, dental sealants have protected many teeth from damage and decay. A simple, cost-effective treatment, dental sealants can be an essential part of tooth care. The dental clinic of Johnny Smith DMD can provide that peace of mind to you and your family.
What are Dental Sealants?

A dental sealant is a thin plastic film covering the chewing surface of a tooth. It fights cavities and tooth decay in places brushing and flossing cannot. The chewing teeth–molars and premolars–are large and are not smooth like front teeth. They are covered in grooves that are difficult to clean, even with regular brushing and flossing.

Why Dental Sealants are Important

Many parents struggle to teach their children proper brushing habits. Even if kids brush their teeth regularly, they might not be brushing correctly. It’s one of the reasons why children are most at risk for cavities and tooth decay. Dental sealants can help prevent those problems.

The most vigorous brushing can fail to reach some fissures in teeth, as they can be narrower than a single brush bristle. Bacteria are, of course, much smaller than that, and can impact those tiniest areas. Sealants are a simple solution designed to counteract bacteria that cause decay. They go beyond fluoride to protect teeth around the clock.

Installing a Dental Sealant Is Quick & Painless

Few dental procedures are as simple as applying dental sealants in Arizona. The application follows these steps:

1. The dentist thoroughly cleans all the teeth.
2. The teeth to be sealed are covered with an acidic solution, which creates pores in the teeth that will help the sealant bond with the enamel.
3. After a few seconds in the solution the teeth are rinsed and dried.
4. The sealant is applied and allowed to harden over the surfaces of the teeth.

The entire process can take as little as five minutes and won’t require anesthetics.

The Lifespan of Dental Sealants

The earlier a sealant is placed on a tooth, the more effective it can be. Sealants are available for baby teeth, which can help them last longer as placeholders for the new teeth. This helps reduce the need for braces. You usually don't need sealants until the adult molars come in. Adults can also benefit from sealants, but only if the teeth sealed are undamaged.

Dental sealants can last for up to 10 years but should be checked regularly for chipping. Reapplying sealants is as easy as first applying them. Since it is a preventative measure, many insurance plans cover sealants.

To schedule a dental sealant consultation, or for any Peoria dental care needs, contact Johnny Smith DMD today.