7015 Old Keene Mill Rd, Suite 101
Springfield VA 22150
Dental sealants are plastic thin coatings pasted onto the deep grooves of the chewing surface
of your teeth-- typically your molars and premolars. The sealants help protect these teeth from
tooth decay. Over 75% of tooth decay starts within those deep grooves that can be difficult to
clean and are more prone to decay. The sealant covers up the deep grooves to make a smooth
Sealants are very durable and can last for years. But you will still need to make regular trips to
the dentist to check for signs of wear.
When are Dental Sealants Needed?
Dental Sealants are most common in children and teenagers because they have a higher likelihood of developing tooth decay. But adults can also get benefits from sealants as well. Here are some typical reasons for sealants:
● Sealants for baby teeth: If a child is prone to getting cavities and their teeth have deep grooves, sealants might sometimes be recommended for baby teeth.
● Sealants for children and teens: Sealants can be recommended for children as soon as their permanent back teeth come in and between the ages of 6-16 when they are more likely to develop cavities.
● Sealants for adults: Sealants might be helpful for adults who have deep grooves or depressions in their teeth, but aren’t suffering from decay yet.
Dental Sealants in Springfield, VA
Sealants can be applied in just one appointment. The procedure will be performed by either your dentist or a hygienist and it only takes a few minutes per tooth.
We start by cleaning the tooth very thoroughly, and placing cotton around the tooth to stop saliva from flowing. We then apply a solution to the tooth’s enamel that will help the sealant stick to the tooth. Then we rinse and dry off your teeth. The sealant is painted onto the surface of the tooth, sealing the deep grooves. Then the sealant will harden so that it molds perfectly to your tooth.
We will be happy to answer any questions you have about sealants and how to properly care for them after the procedure. Call us today at (703) 879-6939 to make your appointment and find out if sealants are a good option for you.