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Sikora Family Dentistry

23755 Lorain Road

North Olmsted, OH 44070

440-779-8730

info@drsikora.com


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Monday 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 8 am - 5 pm
Wednesday 7 am - noon
Thursday 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday* 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
* One Saturday per month

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Dental Sealants

Preventing tooth decay

Stopping decay before it starts can help to ensure your smile stays healthy and bright. At Sikora Family Dentistry, our experienced team provides quality preventative dental care for children and adults of all ages. Dental sealants are a quick, easy way to help protect teeth from bacteria and plaque.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Although a good oral hygiene routine cleans food particles, bacteria, and plaque from the smooth surfaces of teeth, brushing and flossing don’t always remove debris from the depressions and grooves in back teeth. A dental sealant is a thin protective coating that is usually painted on the chewing surfaces of back teeth – typically the premolars and molars. Sealants quickly bond to teeth and protect the enamel and nooks and crannies where bacteria and plaque can hide.

Sealants are usually placed on children's and teenagers' teeth. However, adults without decay in their molars may also be candidates for sealants. If you’re an adult who is interested in sealants, our dentists can thoroughly examine your teeth and determine whether they’re right for you.

When Should Children Get Sealants?

Cavities are one of the most common global health conditions in children and teens. Sealants are a safe, painless way to prevent cavities and keep teeth strong and healthy. To ensure that teeth are protected, children typically get sealants on their permanent premolars and molars as soon as they erupt.

Ages 6-14 are prime years for cavities to develop. According to the ADA and CDC, studies show that sealants may reduce decay on the biting surfaces of teeth by as much as 70% over a five-year period. Sealants can also be a good solution for kids who have a hard time thoroughly brushing their back teeth.

In some cases, dental sealants may be used on baby teeth if they have very deep grooves or depressions. Primary teeth are essential to protecting the health of permanent teeth and holding the correct positioning for when they begin to erupt. Dental sealants can help your child avoid losing baby teeth too early or having to endure uncomfortable dental procedures at a very young age.

How Are Dental Sealants Applied?

The procedure that’s used to apply sealants involves a quick and comfortable process. Your hygienist first thoroughly cleans the teeth. An etching gel may be placed on the chewing surface for a few seconds to help the sealants adhere properly. Teeth are then rinsed and dried. Sealants are painted on the teeth, and a special curing light is used to create a hardened barrier that keeps out bacteria and plaque.

Sealants Are A Long-Lasting Preventative Solution

Dentist examining child holding mouth open

Preventing decay is always better than treating it—teeth without fillings are healthier and stronger. Sealants have been known to work for up to 10 years after placement. At your child’s regular dental cleaning and exam visits, we’ll check for chipping or wearing. If sealants come off or become damaged or worn, our dentists or hygienists can easily replace them. Dental sealants are not only effective, but they’re also affordable as well, and many insurance companies cover the cost for children.

Contact Us To Learn More About Dental Sealants

At Sikora Family Dentistry, we’re dedicated to providing top-notch dental care in a welcoming environment. Our dental office in North Olmsted, OH, serves families in the Cleveland metro area, including Fairview Park, Olmsted Falls, Rocky River, and Westlake. To learn more about dental sealants and the other services we offer, contact us online, call us at 440-779-8730, or submit an appointment request online today.