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Iowa Falls, IA 50126
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Sealants

Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. Sealants are a plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs most often

What are sealants?

A dental sealant is a thin, tooth-colored, plastic material that is painted into the pits and grooves of the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. These areas are prone to dental decay because they are deep and difficult for the bristles of a toothbrush to reach. Dental sealants are often recommended for children at age 6, when the first set of molars are erupting into the mouth, and at age 12, when the second set of molars are erupting. Dental sealants take only a couple of minutes to apply and can be reapplied in the future if necessary.

What can I expect from the sealant procedure?

Dental sealant application is a simple cavity prevention procedure with effects that can last for 5 to 10 years. We will first clean the surface of the tooth, otherwise the sealant will not bond to it properly. We will then place a small brush in their dental drill. As the drill spins the brush, they’ll use it to scrub the tooth’s surface and clean out its grooves.

After cleaning the tooth, Dr. Gimer will spread “etching” gel over that area where the dental sealant will be placed. Once they get it positioned properly, they’ll allow the gel to sit for 60 seconds or so, and then wash it off. While the tooth is still dry, the dentist will dab the sealant (a liquid plastic) into the grooves of the tooth. The liquid nature of the sealant allows it to flow into each groove’s nooks and crannies which hardens to prevent cavities and other tooth decay.

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