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Dental Sealants – Austin, TX

Extra Protection Against Cavities

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In a perfect world, brushing, flossing, and regular checkups would be all you needed to do to keep from getting cavities. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, especially for the teeth in the back of your mouth, called your molars. These teeth have pits and grooves in which bits of food can easily get trapped and attract dangerous oral bacteria that result in tooth decay. Luckily, there’s a way to provide extra protection against cavities – dental sealants. This thin, plastic-like coating is painted onto the chewing surfaces of your molars and bicuspids to create a barrier that food particles and bacteria cannot penetrate. If you want to get a leg up in the constant battle against tooth decay, contact us to schedule an appointment where we can easily apply dental sealants.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Sealants?

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More often than not, dental sealants are applied to children’s teeth as soon as their molars grow in, around the age of six or seven. The sooner your molars are protected against bacteria, the lower your risk of getting cavities. However, if you are an adult who we have determined is at a higher risk of developing tooth decay, we may suggest you get sealants to further protect your teeth. 

The Process of Dental Sealants

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Sealants can be easily applied during your checkup and cleaning. The process is simple and pain-free. First, one of our dental hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth so they are free of food particles and plaque. The teeth are then isolated, etched, rinsed, and dried. Using a toothbrush, your hygienist will apply the sealant material to the grooves of your back teeth. To dry the material, your teeth will be exposed to a curing light. Finally, the hygienist and Dr. Tijerina will evaluate the sealants together to make sure everything looks good.

Benefits of Sealants

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The main advantage of dental sealants is that they protect the teeth toward the back of your mouth from being subject to decay. By preventing cavities, you can prevent the need for larger issues that come with having untreated cavities, such as severe pain that warrants root canal therapy.

Another benefit is that the process is simple, straightforward, and painless. It can be completed during your regular checkup without even adding that much time. Lastly, sealants can last quite a long time if you take care of them.

How Often Should You Get Sealants?

As mentioned earlier, it’s recommended that children get sealants applied as soon as their molars finish growing in. That way they can receive as much protection as possible in the battle against tooth decay. Sealants can last up to a decade if you take care of them with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups with Dr. Tijerina. At these visits, we can determine whether your sealants have been damaged or worn down and reapply them if need be.