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What are dental sealants?

Dental sealant is a thin material that is placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (the molars and the premolars) to help shield them from decay.

Why should dental sealants be placed?

The chewing surfaces of the back teeth have grooves that make them vulnerable to cavities. These grooves, or fissures, are deep and difficult to clean. Plaque and food particles, which can cause cavities, can accumulate there. Dental sealants are placed over these teeth to block out plaque and food particles.

When should dental sealants be placed?

Usually, our dentist will begin placing dental sealants once the first premolar has erupted. This usually happens around the age of eleven. The other sealants will be placed once the molars have erupted. The chewing surfaces of each of these teeth can be sealed as they erupt.

Are dental sealants also helpful for adults?

Dental sealants are not used on adults as frequently, but they can still protect adult teeth from cavities. However, dental sealants cannot be placed on teeth that have dental fillings or decay on the chewing surfaces.

How long do they last?

Dental sealants can last for many years. When you or your child visits for your routine dental cleanings, Dr. Arel Ondoy will examine the dental sealants. New dental sealants can be placed as needed.

We encourage you to contact Arel C Ondoy DMD at 708-535-0333 today for more information about dental sealants in Oak Forest, Illinois, and to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you and your family!