The team at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry loves to discuss sealants. The team thinks they’re the tops!
Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove. Most pediatric and family dentists offer sealants to their patients.
A. Do sealants significantly reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can reduce the risk of decay by 70%!
Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. Our team applies the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is quick, uncomplicated and painless.
Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. We typically apply sealants to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.
Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. As your child’s molar’s erupt, our team will advise you when the best time to apply sealants will be.
Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not necessarily. Talk to us about whether sealants could benefit you.
Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Good oral hygiene is still important to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.
At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, you will find first rate dental care and our committed team of dental professionals. We offer family and general dentistry in the San Antonio area, as well as same day dentistry. Our menu of cosmetic services includes dental implants, ClearCorrect clear braces and porcelain veneers. Schedule an appointment with us today.