A dental sealant’s purpose is to create a barrier on the surface of your teeth, thus preventing tooth decay.  Dental sealants protect the grooves and small crevices in your teeth that can be hard to clean and maintain, reducing your risk of cavities.

Whether you are a child who has never had a cavity or an adult who has consistently gone to the dentist, DeBonis Family Dentistry can determine if you are a good candidate for dental sealants.

What is a dental sealant?

Sealants are typically made up of a resin based material.  The resin is applied to a clean, dry tooth or teeth and cured, or treated, with a curing light to harden in place.  The procedure is fast and painless; each tooth only taking about a minute from start to finish to seal. Dental sealants are used to fill in the minute grooves and pits all teeth have which tend to be hard to clean.  Sealants smooth out the surface of the tooth with a thin layer of resin, preventing cavities from forming in these tough-to-reach spots.

Why do I need dental sealants?

Dental sealants are the easiest methods of preventive dentistry, protecting the tooth from decay.  Bacteria and food particles are prevented from hiding in these microscopic fissures and the tooth becomes easier to keep clean.  Molars are extremely susceptible to tooth decay because of all the grooves on their surface, and sealants are recommended when the back molars come in.  

Visit our Ross Township office and talk with us to see if dental sealants are ideal for you.  We are experienced dental professionals who look forward to protecting your teeth the best way possible.  If you live in Glenshaw, Coraopolis, Sewickley, Ingomar, or a nearby town, give us a call today.

How do I care for my dental sealants?

Dental sealants require little more care than your normal brushing and flossing routine and bi-yearly trips to our Ross Township office for your regular dental exam.

Regular Checkups

Regular dental exams are important to your oral health.  The office visit gives us a chance to clean your teeth professionally, while making sure the sealants are performing as expected.  If a sealant appears to be compromised in any way, we may take a quick moment to reapply the sealant in order to ensure the tooth is correctly sealed.

Oral Hygiene

While dental sealants protect your teeth from tooth decay, it is still necessary to brush and floss daily. Brush your teeth with ADA recommended toothpaste, cleaning each surface of your tooth, gums, and tongue.

Regardless of your age, dental sealants may be the perfect solution to the preservation of your dental health. Call us at (412) 761- 9594 if you’d like to schedule a dental appointment for sealants or learn more about their benefits to your health. At DeBonis Family Dentistry, we love helping our family of patients achieve the best oral care in town.