Sealants San Rafael, CA
A simple, preventative procedure to avoid future cavities.
It’s the dreaded news that nobody wants to hear after a routine dental cleaning, you have some cavities that will need to be filled.†And who could blame you for feeling a bit apprehensive?†The dental drill has always carried negative associations, but more importantly cavities mean that your teeth are not getting the protection they need.
A simple, preventative step that can save you the trouble of future cavities!
Dental sealants are a simple, preventative step that can save you the trouble of future cavities! A dental sealant is nothing more than a thin, wear-resistant resin applied to the chewing surface of your teeth.†These are the areas which are most prone to developing cavities since the deep grooves tend to trap food particles.†Once the sealant has been applied, the surface is smoother, making regular brushing more effective.
To begin the procedure each tooth is first thoroughly cleaned.†Then, to aid the bonding process, the teeth are dried and the sealant is applied.†The sealant itself is then dried and it’s done, just like that!
Dental sealants are highly recommended for children who have just gotten their permanent molars. It’s a quick and easy way to give these permanent teeth extra protection and prevent tooth decay from ever forming!† Children typically get their first permanent molars around age six, with the rest coming in around 12.
Sealants have long been a standard treatment for children, but the extra protection can benefit adults as well, so don’t hesitate to contact us about getting sealants for yourself!†Sealants can last from 5-10 years, and your dentist will look for any needed reapplications during regular checkups.
- Prevents cavities and decay from forming
- Easily applied, pain-free procedure
- Only used on “problem areas”
- Ideal for children (typically children do not brush as thoroughly as adults)
- Lasts 5-10 years (depending on your oral habits)