Sealants

Sealants help Merion Village Dental patients prevent tooth decay before it has the chance to happen.

Dental sealants are protective coatings that are placed in the chewing surfaces of permanent molars. Typically, sealants are performed shortly after these teeth have erupted, around the ages between 6 and 12.

The deep pits in the chewing surfaces of these teeth are frequently a common area for decay to develop. Dental sealants may be placed over these molars in order to:

  • Enhance oral hygiene habits
  • Serve as a barrier against food particles that can lodge in these grooves
  • Prevent bacteria or acids from forming in the deep grooves of the tooth
  • Greatly reduce the risk of tooth decay for several years
  • Protect a child’s oral health during an age where oral hygiene may be lacking

The deep pits and fissures found naturally in tooth anatomy can be very difficult to keep clean, allowing small areas of demineralization to occur. Placing a sealant over the tooth makes the area smooth and shallow, so that it is easily cleaned with a toothbrush. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes per tooth, and can typically be performed during preventive cleaning appointments by one of our hygienists.

Placing dental sealants is a gentle, simple process!

Each tooth is gently cleaned, conditioned, and thoroughly dried so that the sealant material will bond effectively with the tooth enamel. A small brush is used to spread the clear or white material into the grooves of the tooth. Then, a bright curing light will cause the material to permanently harden in place. Only one short visit is needed, and there is no need for any anesthesia as it is considered a preventive procedure.

Let us apply dental sealants to prevent tooth decay!

Merion Village Dental offers sealants to all children who have had their permanent molars erupt, or to adults that want to decrease their risk of decay. We often provide sealants alongside your routine dental visits. Ready to schedule your appointment? Chat with a friendly member of our team today to schedule your appointment!

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