Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating that can be applied to the grooves and depressions of back teeth to prevent cavities. At our Phoenix, AZ practice, Dr. John W. Dovgan can provide effective dental sealant treatments for both children and adults. Our team is committed to excellent patient service, and has been serving our community since 1989.
What are Dental Sealants?
Back teeth often have deep grooves, pits, and fissures in their chewing surfaces, which are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. Bacteria, debris, and plaque can become trapped in these areas, resulting in tooth decay. Dental sealants are essentially painted onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent these vulnerable areas from becoming compromised.
Dental sealants are beneficial for children and adults alike.
Dental sealants are beneficial for children and adults alike. Decay in the pits and fissures of teeth can begin at an early age. For this reason, sealants are recommended as soon as the permanent teeth have fully erupted.
A small investment in this treatment can prevent the need for costly treatment in the future. In fact, most insurance providers will contribute or completely cover the cost of the procedure. You can depend on our caring team to speak to your provider and advocate for the most coverage possible if you wish to receive dental sealants or undergo any other preventative treatment.
Dental Sealants Treatment
Placing a dental sealant is a simple procedure that typically takes only a few minutes. When you have dental sealants placed at our practice, treatment involves four basic steps:
- Cleaning the Teeth: Before receiving your sealant, your tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and dried to avoid trapping debris and bacteria.
- Preparing the Teeth: A slightly acidic solution, called dental etch, will be placed on the teeth to foster bonding. The solution will roughen the texture of the enamel, giving the sealant more surface area with which to bond. Next, the teeth will be rinsed and dried.
- Placing the Sealant: Dr. Dovgan will paint the sealant onto the teeth surfaces, making sure the material reaches into every pit and fissure.
- Curing the Sealant: The sealant will be hardened, or cured, using a special light. Once complete, your new sealant will blend with your dental tissue. Your dentist will check to make certain that your bite remains comfortable following the application of the sealant.
You can resume normal activity immediately following your dental appointment. However, hard, chewy, and sticky foods should be avoided for the first couple of days.
Schedule an Appointment with Us Today
If you are interested in protecting your teeth from decay and bacteria, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dovgan to find out if dental sealants are right for you. Or, if you are new to the area or need to establish ongoing care with a dentist, we can provide an exam to fully assess the scope of your oral health and recommend any necessary treatments. You can contact us online anytime, or call our office at (602) 867-1899.