Tooth Sealants

Dental Sealants in Columbia Falls

Healthy smileSealants are no substitute for brushing and flossing, but they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity. Decay often happens on the chewing surface of the back teeth. Sealants are a way of protecting that surface from cavities and have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. This is especially important when it comes to your child’s dental health.  Sealants are typically placed on children with deep grooves and depressions on the chewing surfaces of their back adult teeth. These areas are hard to clean and prone to tooth decay.  

Sealants are a thin, protective coating (made from plastic or other dental materials) that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth, it is bonded in these deep grooves and cured. Sealants typically last for several years. They need to be evaluated at regular dental checkups for any signs of breakdown. No anesthetic is needed for the placement of a sealant.

 

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