Sealants — Protecting Teeth, Preventing Decay
Dental sealants in Allentown, Pennsylvania, are used to protect the chewing surface of back teeth from decay. These surfaces are difficult to keep clean due to the fact that there are pits and fissures in the teeth where tooth brush bristles cannot easily reach. Food debris and bacteria in plaque, left in these pits and fissures, produce acids which dissolve tooth structure, resulting in tooth decay. Sealants are made of resin materials and applied to the chewing surface of back teeth to form a barrier over these susceptible surface areas.
How Are Sealants Applied?
Applying dental sealants is simple and painless. First, the teeth are cleaned and conditioned with a gel to prepare the surface for bonding. After rinsing and drying, the teeth sealant is applied and hardened with a blue light. Our dentist and team are careful in applying your sealants and make sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
Dental sealants usually last for many years and can be re-applied as needed throughout your life. They are extremely cost-effective in preventing pit and fissure decay, especially when provided to children as soon as their permanent back teeth erupt. To visit with Dr. Tejas Patel and learn more, please call Advanced Oral Dynamics at 610-435-5707.