Protect Your Teeth With Dental Sealants
At Holyoke Mall Dental, we understand how essential your oral hygiene is to your overall health and confidence. Our team of dentists, like Dr. Chen, provides high-quality dental sealants to protect your family’s oral health, so you’ll have a dazzling smile for years to come. Dental sealants are one of the most effective methods of protecting your teeth from decay. They seal off your tooth, guarding it against bacteria and infections.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants have been an integral part of preventive dentistry for many years. They’re thin plastic coatings that are brushed onto your teeth’s surface for a protected layer. They protect your teeth from decay by eliminating the tiny, hard-to-clean spots in your teeth, making your teeth easier to clear all harmful bacteria from your teeth daily.
Dental sealants work to prevent several potentially painful and costly oral health issues, such as:
- Tooth decay
- Periodontal (gum) disease
The Benefits of Dental Sealants
- Cavity Prevention— Dental sealants can help protect your teeth from food and plaque buildup, preventing up to 80 percent of cavities in the first two years.
- Quick, Painless Application — The application process is quick and painless, protecting your teeth up to nine years after the application.
- Invisible — They’re completely clear to seamlessly blend in with your smile.
- Affordable — Because of their affordability, patients can easily access them.
- Save Money — Receiving this treatment can help prevent the need for more costly invasive treatments in the future.
A Non-Invasive Procedure
Many dentists use dental sealants due to their non-invasive nature. The procedure doesn’t require any surgery, sedation, or discomfort — we just brush a solution onto your teeth and let it harden to provide years of protection against cavities.
Before your treatment, we’ll custom-create your sealant material to match the shade of your natural teeth. Then, one of our dentists will gently apply your personalized acrylic solution onto the surface of your teeth to seal any rough surfaces.
Although we most commonly apply sealants to our patients’ molars or “back” teeth, this treatment works to create flat surfaces on any tooth.
Candidates for Dental Sealants
We apply dental sealants using an easy, non-invasive method, making them an ideal treatment for children. By simply brushing our tooth-colored solution on their teeth, we’ll protect your kids from cavities and other dental issues for many years to come.
While sealants are a perfect solution for children, many of our adult patients can also benefit from this tried and true method of protecting your oral hygiene. Dental sealants can be customized for anyone and work perfectly to keep harmful bacteria away from the vulnerable surfaces of your teeth.
There are very few health problems that block our patients from receiving this treatment. Ask your dentist about dental sealants during your routine oral health checkup. One of our dentists will examine your mouth and treat any underlying dental issues during this appointment, getting you on track toward dental sealants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental sealants are an effective cavity-fighting solution, but it’s still vital to brush and floss your teeth to extend the life of your sealants. With proper oral hygiene, your sealants can effectively protect your teeth for up to 10 years.
However, they could fall off, so we’ll check the health of your sealants during your semi-annual dental appointments. If we notice part of your sealant is missing, we can repair or replace it to ensure plaque and tartar don’t become lodged in your teeth.
For our dental sealants, we only use dental-grade materials to preserve the surface of your teeth. This generally consists of acrylic that we’ll customize to match the natural color of your teeth.
Our acrylic sealants are durable and designed specifically for dental use. At our dental practice, we use nothing less than the best materials available for your dental needs. If you have any questions about your dental sealant treatment, contact our office to discuss your needs. We’re honored to serve our community, keeping Holyoke healthier and happier.
Because dental sealants are thin plastic coatings, giving a layer of protection, this treatment can alleviate tooth sensitivity. The layer of protection prevents bacteria, acids, and temperatures from getting to the tooth. This customized treatment can protect your tooth from sensitivity for at least three years before needing a replacement due to normal wear and tear.
No, while drugstore dental sealant products are available, it’s not effective in the long run and may potentially harm you. Furthermore, they’re one size, meaning they’re not customized for you. It’s recommended to visit your dentist near you for professional dental care and customized treatment.
Find Out Why Our Patients Choose Holyoke Mall Dental
Your family deserves health care that protects them from future dental pain and expenses. This customized treatment covers the rough surfaces of your teeth, blocking food and bacteria from getting trapped in hard-to-brush areas. You’ll feel confident that your at-home brushing and flossing habits are effective at preventing cavities.
Find out more about when you contact our office by calling (413) 538-7400 to schedule your consultation. Holyoke Mall Dental proudly serves patients across Hampden County, MA like Westfield, Southampton, and South Hadley, MA.