Dental Sealants Cerritos CA

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants Cerritos, CA

The best way to protect your teeth is through good oral hygiene, but sometimes brushing and flossing aren’t enough. Your back molars are more prone to decay than your other teeth because of the number of grooves and crevices on their chewing surface.

Food often hides in these nooks and crannies because they are hard to reach by brushing. They provide an ideal place for decay-causing bacteria to thrive. The predictable result is tooth decay. An additional step you can take to prevent decay in these teeth is to have your dentist apply a dental sealant to your teeth.

Dentist of Cerritos is happy to offer these effective and affordable dental sealants to our patients.

What Are Dental Sealants?

A dental sealant is a thin, protective coating applied to the back molars to help prevent cavities. You still have to brush and floss, of course, but they help prevent food from attaching to the rough surface of the molars where bacteria can thrive.

Dental sealants can be applied both to healthy teeth and to those with an early-stage cavity to prolong the time until the cavity needs to be filled.

Who Are Dental Sealants For?

Both adults and children can benefit from dental sealants, though they are primarily used for school-aged children. Children should get them as early as possible after the first molars break through, around age 6. The sooner dental sealants are applied, the better.

Contact our Cerritos office to make an appointment to see if dental sealants are an appropriate treatment for you or your child.

Dental Sealants in Cerritos CA
Dental Sealants Cerritos CA

What Are the Advantages of Dental Sealants?

Studies have shown that dental sealants cut the risk of cavities by 80%. The CDC recently found that school-aged children without dental sealants had three times as many cavities as those with dental sealants. The longer you can keep a tooth cavity-free, the longer it’ll last and the less dental work that will be needed over your or your child’s lifespan.

What Are the Risks of Dental Sealants?

The only known risk to applying dental sealants is an extremely rare allergic reaction.

What Are Dental Sealants Made Of?

Dental sealants are made from plastic or a similar dental material.

How Are Dental Sealants Applied?

Applying dental sealants only takes a few minutes. It’s painless and doesn’t require any anesthesia. Your doctor will first clean and dry your teeth before putting an acidic gel on the ones that are to be sealed. This gel roughens the surface of the teeth to promote a strong bond with the dental sealant.

After a few minutes, the gel will be rinsed off. The dental sealant will then be painted onto the teeth and a special blue light will be used to harden it.

How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?

Dental sealants can last for several years. However, they can also chip off and may need periodic reapplication. If this happens, your dentist will be able to tell during your normal check-ups and can complete the reapplication while you’re in the Cerritos office.

How Much Do Dental Sealants Cost?

Dental sealants are one of the most affordable preventative treatments you can have performed. Many dental insurance plans will cover the procedure in whole or in part, which will leave you with minimal out-of-pocket expense.

The staff at our Cerritos office will contact your insurance to determine your coverage before presenting you with a treatment plan that will explain all the costs and the portion you’re responsible for.

Find Out if Dental Sealants Are Right for You or Your Child!

Schedule an appointment at Dentist of Cerritos by calling (562) 414-5064 today and we’ll determine if dental sealants are right for you.

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