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By All Smiles
July 17, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: Sealants  

Preventive care is the hallmark of modern dentistry. Besides brushing, flossing, a healthy diet, and routine cleanings and check-ups, your dentists at All Smiles in Worth recommend dental sealants to protect young teeth from the ravages of tooth decay. In fact, even teens and adults can enjoy years of protection from these easily applied plastic coatings.

What are plastic sealants?

The National Institutes of Health call them an effective barrier against tooth decay. Sealants are really useful on deeply pitted and grooved premolars and molars which easily collect plaque, tartar and their associated acids. Sealants are a quick, painless treatment which is relatively inexpensive, particularly when compared to the ravages and expense tooth decay can cause.

If your Worth dentist determines your child would benefit from plastic sealants, he or she will clean and dry the tooth and apply a mild etching liquid to help the coating stick to the tooth.

Then, the tooth-colored plastic is painted on, with careful attention to the intricate surface imperfections on the tooth. Then, the dentist cures the coating with a UV light. Each tooth takes about 10 to 15 minutes and can be repeated on as many teeth as the dentist deems necessary.

Does your child need this service?

The American Dental Association says that most dentists like to apply sealants as soon as a child's first molars erupt. Then, as teeth are lost and permanent molars come in, the service should be revisited so the teen and adult years remain as decay-free as possible.

Sealants are a continual barrier which stay in place for up to a year. Plus, if they wear thin or chip, your dentist can repair or re-apply sealants as needed.

Find out more

At All Smiles in Worth, IL, the professional team loves preventive dentistry. Sealants are just one of the many services they offer to keep smiles bright and healthy. If you have questions about sealants for your children--or for yourself--please call the office, and we'll be happy to answer them. Also, please arrange your usual semi-annual cleanings and exams. Call All Smiles at (708) 448-0333.

By All Smiles
August 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

SealantsGive your smile a fighting chance against dental decay when you choose dental sealants.

When it comes to brushing and flossing your teeth you may not think about it often but it can be a challenge maneuvering around your molars to properly clean them. When this happens you leave plaque sitting on your teeth, which can lead to decay. Luckily your Worth, IL dentist has an easy way to protect teeth that are more susceptible to cavities.

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are plastic, tooth-colored coatings that are placed over the chewing surfaces of the molars, or back teeth where decay is more likely to form. These sealants are designed to prevent cavities from forming on the hard-to-reach grooves of the tooth.

How will my Worth, IL dentist place dental sealants?

Getting dental sealants is a simple and painless process. In just one visit you can arm your smile with additional protection against decay. Since this procedure is non-invasive you won’t even need anesthesia or pain medication.

First your Worth, IL dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth prior to placing your sealants. Then an acid solution is placed on the chewing surface of your molars for a few seconds before being rinsed off. This solution will cause the surface of your tooth to become rough, which will make it easier for the sealant to attach. Once the tooth is dried, the liquid sealant can then be painted on. Lastly, a special laser is directed at your molars to harden the sealant. In only a few minutes, you could get the additional protection you need against cavities!

Who can get dental sealants?

Since sealants are often applied once molars have erupted, children tend to be the perfect candidates for sealants; however, this doesn’t mean that teens and even adults can’t benefit from this preventive procedure. Talk to your Worth, IL dentist about whether dental sealants could be a great option for your smile.

How long do dental sealants last?

With the proper hygiene dental sealants can last up to 10 years. If you want to keep dental sealants healthy it’s also important to keep up with six-month checkups where we can make sure your sealants haven’t become damaged or chipped. Your Worth, IL dentist can easily repair damaged sealants.

Think your child or teen could benefit from dental sealants? We certainly think they could! If you want to protect your child’s smile from decay then let your Worth, IL dentist know that you’re interested in sealants when your child’s comes in for their six-month cleaning. All Smiles puts your family’s smiles first!