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What are dental sealants?
A dental sealant is a plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surface of a back tooth to shield it 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 back teeth 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. Rita Daghlian will first clean the surfaces of the back teeth thoroughly. 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. 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?
Dental sealants can last for many years if they are cared for properly. If a dental sealant wears out or becomes cracked, our dentist can place a new dental sealant.

For more information about dental sealants in Newport Beach, California, and to schedule a visit for you or your child, contact Daghlian Pediatric Dentistry & Sokolowski Orthodontics at 949-706-7006. We are excited to help you protect your teeth or your child’s teeth from cavities!