Dental sealants are a quick, easy, and painless way to protect your teeth from tooth decay. Dental sealants work by filling in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth where food can get trapped and left to rot. This prevents cavities from forming and helps prevent tooth loss. Although brushing and flossing are still the best way to maintain your oral health, dental sealants are another effective method to prevent tooth decay.
Did You Know?
According to the American Dental Association, dental sealants can decrease the risk of tooth decay by as much as 80%!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for dental sealants?
Yes! Dental sealants are recommended for all children, especially those who are at a higher risk of tooth decay. These children include those with deep grooves on their back teeth, healthy teeth that have already developed cavities, and kids with braces.
Dental sealants can also be used on adults who are prone to tooth decay, struggle to maintain proper oral hygiene, or who are at an increased risk of tooth decay due to dry mouth. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for dental sealants, schedule a consultation with our Flushing, Queens dentist at New York Dental Solutions.
What can I expect when having a dental sealant placed at New York Dental Solutions?
First, our dentist will clean your teeth and remove any existing tartar or plaque from your teeth. In order to have success with the sealants, it is important that they are placed over clean tooth enamel.
Next, our dentist will apply a resin material to your teeth using a special syringe. This resin material is applied over the grooves and pits of the molars and will harden when it is exposed to light. Since the sealants are white or clear, you should not be able to see them once they have been hardened.
What can I expect after having a dental sealant placed?
After your dental sealants have been placed, you will be able to resume your normal routine. There are no special guidelines to follow since the sealant is completely hardened in place during your appointment. However, you will need to be sure to brush twice a day, floss daily, and schedule dental exams at least twice a year.