Sealants are a preventative measure against cavities. A thin resin coating is painted onto the grooves of molars and premolars. This coating protects the chewing surface of the permanent back teeth from acids and bacteria that lead to tooth decay.


The Benefits of Sealants for your teeth

Molar surfaces are prone to decay by their very nature. Deep grooves or fissures are difficult to reach through brushing. Fluoride helps protect the surface of the teeth, but sealants give an extra layer of protection by smoothing over the pits, grooves, and fissures. 

Dental sealants are applied mainly to the molars when they first come in, at around 6-12 years old. This captures these permanent teeth in a pure condition and helps protect them throughout the childhood years. However, your dentist can recommend sealants at any age. In some cases, sealants may also be applied to other permanent teeth (or even baby teeth) if there is pitting present.

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Dental sealants are applied in one simple visit. Learn more about the process below.

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Cleaning and Prep

To apply dental sealants, Dr. Gupta or Dr. Hatch will begin by carefully cleaning each molar. They then add a thin layer of a gentle acid to create a clinging surface for the sealant.

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Adding the Sealant Layer

After the teeth are prepared, the mouth is then rinsed and dried. Then the sealant itself (a plastic resin) is painted onto each surface by your dentist.

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Curing the Sealant

Finally, a special light is used to “cure” the resin and quick-dry it to the teeth. The whole procedure typically takes about 45 minutes. You may eat and drink normally as soon as the sealant is dry.With proper care, sealants can last up to ten years. Dr. Hatch or Dr. Gupta will examine your sealants during routine dental check ups.

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Avoid Damaging Foods
There are some foods that can wear down sealants quickly. Avoid eating hard candies, crunching ice cubes, and chewy foods like gummies or toffee. These high sugar foods should generally be limited anyway, as they promote tooth decay. 

Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Follow good oral hygiene practices such as regular brushing and flossing to prevent cavities. Schedule follow up appointments with Dr. Gupta or Dr. Hatch every six months. 

Don’t Use Your Teeth As Tools
Avoid using your teeth to chew or tear anything other than food.


Most patients without major tooth decay can benefit from sealants. Here are some factors for eligibility:

Children with new molars are excellent candidates for sealants. It will protect against decay.

Adults with minor decay can benefit from sealants. Any severe decay may require fillings or crowns.

Any person with fragile teeth prone to decay can benefit from this preventative measure.

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Most people with healthy mouths can get veneers. Here are a few factors that may determine if you’re eligible:

Oral Health

You must have a healthy mouth free of gum disease, tooth decay, and other such issues to get veneers.

Orthodontic Issues

If you have severe issues with your jaw or bite alignment, these will need to be treated before you can get veneers.

Teeth Grinding

To get veneers, you must not grind your teeth or you may need to get a nightguard to protect your teeth. This helps prevent premature damage to your new smile.

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