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Dental Sealants – Crystal River, FL

Long-Lasting Protection Against Cavities

What if you knew in advance which tooth on which you would get a cavity? You would probably try to stop it from happening, right? That’s exactly what dental sealants do! While many people think dental sealants are primarily for kids, the truth is that everyone can benefit from getting them placed. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants and how they can help safeguard your smile, make sure you ask about them at your next routine checkup visit!

mom and son smiling after getting dental sealants in Crystal River

Why Choose Signature Dental Care for Dental Sealants?

  • Patients of All Ages Welcome
  • Focus on Prevention and Patient Education
  • Treatment Customized to Each Patient’s Needs

What Is a Dental Sealant?

woman smiling after learning about dental sealants in Crystal River

A dental sealant is a thin, plastic that is painted onto the chewing surface of a molar. This layer acts like a shield, separating the enamel from bacteria and acids. Basically, the sealant prevents food debris from building up in these areas, significantly reducing the chances of a cavity. In fact, dental sealants have been found to preventing up to 80 percent of cavities!

The process of getting a dental sealant is painless and only takes a few minutes. Dr. Schnell applies a small amount of acidic solution just long enough to make the surface a little rough, which helps the sealant bond to it. Then, we place the liquid dental sealant and put a curing light to harden it.

Get the Most Out of Your Dental Sealants

man brushing his teeth and confident about his dental sealants in Crystal River

As soon as you, or your child, get your permanent molars, you should consider getting dental sealants for them. This simple preventive step helps you avoid cavities in areas where they are most likely to occur.

With the right maintenance, dental sealants protect teeth for up to 10 years. So how do you take care of them? It starts with the basics—brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also essential for monitoring and keeping your dental sealants in good condition. You also should limit how much sugar you consume and drink plenty of water.