Dental Sealants in Fairfax, Virginia
A simple, preventative procedure that can save you the trouble of future cavities.
It’s the dreaded news that nobody wants to hear—you have a cavity that needs fixing. Instead of waiting for the damage to occur, take matters into your own hands! Dental sealants are a simple, preventative procedure that can save you the trouble and expense of future cavities (either for yourself or your children).
A dental sealant is nothing more than a thin plastic resin that we apply to the chewing surfaces of your teeth (usually only on molars and premolars). These are the areas that are most prone to developing cavities since the deep grooves tend to trap food particles. Once the sealant is in place, the surface of the tooth is smoother and regular brushing will be more effective.
The procedure is performed by first thoroughly cleaning each tooth to be treated. Then, to aid the bonding process, the teeth are dried, and the sealant is applied. The sealant itself is then dried, and you’re done, just like that!
We recommend dental sealants for children who have just gotten their permanent molars. By doing it as soon as possible, we can prevent decay during the ages children may not be so great at brushing. Children typically get their first permanent molars around age six, with the rest coming in around 12.
Although sealants have long been a standard treatment for children, adults can also benefit from the extra protection it provides, so don’t hesitate to contact us for getting sealants for yourself as well! Sealants can last from 5-10 years, and your dentist will look for any needed reapplications during regular checkups. Call us today at (703) 520-9985.