Dental Sealants Can Shield the Teeth

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If you would like extra protection from cavities for your teeth or your child’s teeth, ask our dentist about dental sealants. Sealants form a protective shield when they are painted over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Dental sealants in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are a great choice for children and teens whose premolars and molars are growing in. However, adults with no decay or fillings in the back teeth are also candidates for sealants.

To place dental sealants, Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey will first thoroughly clean the teeth that will receive sealants. Each tooth is dried and an absorbent material is placed around the teeth to keep them dry. An etching solution may be used on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This allows the sealant to bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried again. Our dentist will then paint the sealant onto the tooth enamel of the back teeth. A curing light may be used to help the sealant harden.

Dental sealants can last for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked for wearing and chipping when you visit our dental office. For more information about dental sealants and to set up a consultation, feel free to contact our dental office today.