Family dentists are certified general dentists who specialize in treating patients of all ages, including children and adults. Because family dentists focus their efforts on general dentistry care, they are often tasked with diagnosing and treating cavities. Cavities are known to be infections in the teeth, which can result in long-term damage if the appropriate…
When General Dentists Recommend a Dental Sealant
Wondering why you should choose a general dentist? General dentists can be compared to your general medical provider, as they are your general dental providers. They are the dentist who sees you on a regular basis to make sure your oral health is in good shape, and if you are in need of any dental services, they will make sure that you get them. If you happen to be in need of any services that they cannot provide, they will give you a referral so you can get the dental care you need.
What are dental sealants?
Learning more about sealants from a general dentist is a great idea. In fact, general dentists are a great source of beneficial information, which means you should feel free to ask your dentist any dental-related questions you have. According to the American Dental Association, sealants are thin, protective coatings (made from plastic or other dental materials) that adhere to the chewing surface of your back teeth. For those who are more cavity-prone, this dental treatment option is used in addition to the necessary brushing and flossing that prevents cavity formation.
How are sealants applied to the teeth?
The process of applying sealants to teeth is not difficult and can be done in just one dental appointment. The entire process is also completely painless, which is good news for those who experience any form of dental anxiety. A dentist will first dry the tooth so the special dental gel can do its job by roughing up the surface of the tooth so the actual sealant will properly bond with the tooth. Once the sealant is applied, they will rinse the tooth, completing the procedure.
Can anyone get sealants?
While both children and adults can choose to get dental sealants, it is children who are more likely to undergo this procedure to help protect their teeth. When children are in need of this dental treatment, the earlier they have them placed on their teeth, the better. While dental sealants are more often used to prevent cavity formation in children, there are times when adults will benefit from undergoing this dental procedure.
When general dentists recommend a dental sealant
Many general dentists will want to apply dental sealants to children when they first get their molars, which tends to happen right around the age of six. Once the second set of molars start to break through at the age of 11 or 12, another application should be applied to protect these new teeth.
Are you in need of dental sealant services?
Our general dentist can provide sealant services for both children and adults. If you are ready to make an appointment, great! Please contact us now so we can get you scheduled in at a time that is convenient for you. If you are still not sure whether sealant services are right for you or someone in your family, then you can set up a consultation, which is a type of informational appointment that allows you to know the exact type of dental services you need in order to be in good oral health.
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