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Dental Sealants in Peoria, IL

One of the most common health problems in people around the world is tooth decay. It affects children and adults of all ages and backgrounds, and if left untreated, it can lead to pain and eventual tooth loss. Fortunately, dental sealants can dramatically lower the risk of tooth decay.

What Is a Dental Sealant?

Exposure to plaque bacteria and acids destroys tooth enamel and causes progressive decay. Sealants for teeth help prevent decay before it can take hold. Dental sealants are protective liquid resins that your dentist brushes onto the chewing surfaces of your molars or back teeth. The uneven, pitted surfaces of these teeth and their hard-to-reach location make them more vulnerable to decay. Dental sealants are typically clear or white; they’re applied in a thin layer that dries and hardens to create a barrier against plaque and food particles.

The Tooth Sealant Procedure

Applying dental sealants is an easy and comfortable process. Here are the steps involved in the dental sealant procedure:

  1. First, the teeth to be treated are carefully cleaned and dried thoroughly.
  2. Cotton is placed around the teeth to keep them dry.
  3. Tooth surfaces are roughened by applying a weak acid solution; this helps the sealant bond with the tooth.
  4. Targeted teeth are once again rinsed and dried, and the dental sealant is brushed onto each prepared tooth’s surface.
  5. Some types of dental sealants employ a special LED curing light. A small lighted device may be placed inside the mouth to cure each treated tooth.

Do Dental Sealants Cost a Lot?

The price of dental sealants varies. Total tooth sealant cost will depend on how many teeth are treated and what type of process is used. Because it’s a preventative treatment, many dental insurance policies cover the procedure. Contact our office to learn more about the cost of getting dental sealants in Peoria.

The Value of Dental Sealants for Adults

Most people associate dental sealants with children’s dentistry, but tooth sealants for adults can be extremely effective in preventing tooth decay in people who are at high risk; these include adults with a family history of tooth loss, people with receding gums, and those who take medicines that decrease saliva production.

Sealants for Kids Teeth

Dental sealants are usually applied to first and second molars in children where they can reduce decay by up to 50 percent. Treating teeth as soon as they erupt ensures that tooth enamel is protected before any damage is done. Our dental providers successfully treat children of all ages with quality dental sealants.

Are Teeth Sealants for Children Safe?

At our practice, any sealant dental providers use is proven safe and effective for kids and adults. Dental sealants have been in use since the 1960s and have been thoroughly researched and tested by the American Dental Association and other industry authorities. If you have questions or concerns, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more about protecting your family’s smile by getting dental sealants in Peoria.

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