What are Dental Sealants?

Sealants are a thin, protective coating that adheres to the biting surface of teeth. Dr. Laskis only uses BPA-free sealants on her patients.  The recommendation is to have sealants placed as soon as the permanent molars erupt (age 6 and age 12 on average).  Sealants are  no substitute for brushing and flossing, but they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity.

In fact, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. This is especially important when it comes to your child’s dental health. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.

How long do sealants last?

Sealants will often last for 3-5 years before there is a need to have them reapplied. During your regular dental visit, Dr. Laskis will check the condition of the sealant and can reapply them as needed.

How Are Sealants Applied?

It’s a quick and painless process. Dr. Laskis will clean and dry your tooth before placing an acidic gel on your teeth. This gel roughens up your tooth surface so a strong bond will form between your tooth and the sealant. After a few seconds, Dr. Laskis will rinse off the gel and dry your tooth once again before applying a primer and bonding agent and then the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth. Our team will then use a special blue light to harden the sealant.

Contact us today for a free consultation to determine if sealants can help you.

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