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What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are a plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to shield them from decay.

Why are they used?
The molars and premolars have chewing surfaces that have deep grooves or fissures that are difficult to clean properly, even with thorough brushing. Plaque can build up in these grooves, leading to cavities. Dental sealants provide the chewing surfaces of the back teeth with a shield against plaque and decay.

Am I a candidate for dental sealants?
Children usually have dental sealants placed as their molars and premolars grow in. However, adults can also benefit from dental sealants placed on back teeth that do not have dental restorations or decay.

What can I expect during dental sealant placement?
To prepare for dental sealant placement, Dr. Richard Evans will first clean the surfaces of the back teeth thoroughly. The teeth are then rinsed and dried. An acidic solution is used to roughen the chewing surfaces of the teeth and is then rinsed off. The roughening of the teeth allows the dental sealant to bond in place properly. The teeth are once again dried. Our dentist will then paint the dental sealant onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant may be cured using a special light. You will be able to chew as usual once the dental sealant has hardened.

How long do they last?
With proper care, dental sealants can last for many years. If a dental sealant wears out or becomes cracked, our dentist can place a new dental sealant.

For more information about dental sealants in La Mesa, California, and to schedule a visit, contact Summit Dental of La Mesa at 619-460-0700.