What are sealants?

Sealants are a simple yet powerful treatment that allows us to protect your smile from decay. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted directly onto the surface of a tooth. Preventing problematic conditions from occurring is one of the best ways to ensure the health of your teeth for years to come. It also reduces the amount of money, time, and energy you spend at the dentist.

How are sealants applied?

First, the tooth is cleaned and prepared through a light buffing process. This facilitates a stronger bonding with the plastic material used. Sealants are typically used on the back teeth, or chewing surfaces. These teeth have deep grooves and ridges that are hard to clean and can easily trap bacteria. Once the tooth is ready, the sealant is painted directly to the tooth and allowed to harden. Sealants act as a protective barrier while also making your teeth easier to clean.

Who can use sealants?

Generally, Dr. Derek Lowe, our dentist at Alaska Dental Arts, utilizes sealants for children who have not yet experienced serious tooth decay or damage. However, some adults who do not have existing dental restorations may also benefit. If you would like to find out whether dental sealants in Fairbanks, Alaska, are a good option for your smile, please give our dental office a call today to schedule a time to come and see us. We are eager to help keep your smile safe.

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