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Sealants 101

Dental sealant is a liquid material that is painted on the chewing surfaces of your teeth that helps prevent tooth decay. If you take a close look at your molar and premolar teeth, you will notice that your teeth have grooves. These grooves, also know as fissures, make your teeth vulnerable to decay because they are often difficult to clean. Dental sealants are able to give your teeth protection by creating a barrier and a smooth surface.

What to Expect During a Dental Sealant Procedure

Here at D'Amore Russo Dental Design Studio Dr.DDS of Montclair, we are committed to bringing your whole family age-appropriate general care. Dental sealants are more common with children but can also be placed on adults if they are present with deep grooves.

No drilling or numbing medication is required during a dental sealants procedure.

1. First, we will polish your tooth to remove plaque and food debris that is surrounding the tooth. After drying the tooth, we will apply etch to the surfaces of the tooth. The etch will help adhere the sealant material to the tooth. Next, we will rinse the etch and dry the tooth.

2. The sealant material will be applied to the surface of the tooth with a brush; a self-curing light will be used for about 30 seconds to bond the sealant to the tooth surface.

3. Before completing the procedure, we evaluate the dental sealant and make sure your teeth are occluding properly. The sealant will be fully hardened and you can chew on the tooth again!

For more information on dental sealants, call us at 973-233-1161.

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