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Would you like extra protection from cavities for your teeth or your child’s teeth? Ask our dentist about dental sealants. Sealant is a thin material that is painted over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, forming a protective shield. Dental sealants are a great choice for children and teens whose premolars and molars are growing in. There is a greater risk of tooth decay during this time. However, adults with no decay or fillings in the back teeth are also candidates for sealants.

When placing dental sealants, Dr. Bryce E. Justesen will first clean the teeth that will receive sealants thoroughly. Each tooth is dried and an absorbent material is placed around the teeth to keep them dry. An etching solution may be used on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This allows the sealant to bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried again. Our dentist will then paint the sealant onto the tooth enamel of the back teeth. A curing light may be used to help the sealant harden.

Dental sealants can last for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked for wearing and chipping during your regular dental appointments. To learn more about dental sealants in Mesa, Arizona, and to schedule a visit, contact our office today.