Dental Sealants in Park Slope, Brooklyn

What are the sealants and what is their role in reducing decay?

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.

Permanent molars are the most likely to benefit from sealants. The first molars usually come into the mouth when a child is about 6 years old. Second molars appear at about age 12. It is best if the sealant is applied soon after the teeth have erupted, before they have a chance to decay.

Applying sealants does not require drilling or removing tooth structure. The process is short and easy. After the tooth is cleaned, a special gel is placed on the chewing surface for a few seconds. The tooth is then washed off and dried. Then the sealant is painted on the tooth. The dentist or dental hygienist also may shine a light on the tooth to help harden the sealant. It takes about a minute for the sealant to form a protective shield.

Sealants can only be seen up close. Sealants can be clear, white, or slightly tinted, and usually are not seen when a child talks or smiles. As with anything new that is placed in the mouth, a child may feel the sealant with the tongue. Sealants, however, are very thin and only fill the pits and grooves of molar teeth.

A sealant can last for as long as 5 to 10 years. Sealants should be checked at each regular dental appointment and can be reapplied if they are no longer in place

Choosing a dentist in Park Slope

Are you looking for a new dentist in Park Slope for yourself or your family? Whether it has been years since your last dentist appointment or you have just moved New York, the decision you make when choosing a dentist can have a significant impact on your life.

Advanced Gentle Dentistry of Park Slope is one of the most advanced dental practices in Brooklyn. Many patients who have been looking for a dentist in Park Slope have found their true at the office of Dr. Jim Sarji. Check out our reviews on YELP and see why many patients choose Dr. Sarji and Dr. Konstanyan.
Check out our reviews on YELP and see why many patients choose Dr. Sarji and Dr. Konstanyan.

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