If you or your child regularly experiences cavities, dental sealants can preserve your natural teeth and prevent decay. At Chauvin Family Dentistry, with locations in Saratoga Springs and Clifton Park, New York, the team recommends dental sealants for people of all ages. To see if you can benefit, request a consultation today. Book an appointment online, or call the nearest office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff.
Dental sealants are a thin, plastic film applied to your molars or premolars. They prevent harmful bacteria and plaque from collecting on your teeth, lowering the risk of cavities and other more serious complications.
The Team at Chauvin Family Dentistry typically recommends dental sealants for children and teenagers. Kids between the ages of 6-14 are especially susceptible to tooth decay.
By applying dental sealants to their permanent molars and premolars, it’s possible to preserve your child’s smile for years to come.
Adults can also benefit from dental sealants. This is particularly true if you have healthy molars and premolars without fillings or decay.
Getting dental sealants is a quick outpatient procedure. At the beginning of your appointment, the Chauvin Family Dentistry team professionally cleans your teeth. They then apply an etching solution for about 15 seconds and rinse it off.
The team dries your teeth and coats them with sealant. They point a special light at your teeth, hardening the solution. The team repeats these steps several times until each of your molars are sealed and protected.
Treatment typically takes between 20-40 minutes depending on the number of sealants you receive. Following your appointment, you can return to work, school, or other routine activities right away.
Dental sealants typically last an average of 10 years. If you want to extend the life of your sealants, practice good oral hygiene.
The team at Chauvin Family Dentistry recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting the nearest practice location every six months for a professional exam and cleaning.
If possible, try to avoid bad habits like nail-biting or opening objects with your teeth. These activities can damage the sealant, allowing harmful bacteria and food particles to build up on the surfaces of your tooth enamel.
To determine if dental sealants are right for you, the team at Chauvin Family Dentistry conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and asks about your goals for treatment.
They then order oral X-rays to determine the health and condition of your teeth. After gathering this information, they can make recommendations that align with your needs.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental sealants, schedule a consultation at Chauvin Family Dentistry. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff today.