Sealants Specialist

Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Fulton, MD

It’s estimated that 30 percent of children ages 6 to 11 and 38 percent of children ages 12 to 19 have dental sealants. Drs. Mahvash Zulfaghary and Zehra Asad, and the friendly team at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn in Fulton, Maryland, are highly skilled in applying dental sealants to give your teeth that extra edge in fighting decay. To learn more, call or book an appointment online today.

Sealants Q & A

What are sealants?

A dental sealant is a thin coating of plastic that covers the chewing surfaces of your teeth, usually your back molars and premolars. By bonding with the ridges of your teeth, the sealant forms a protective coating over your otherwise uneven chewing surfaces.

Although diligent brushing and flossing go a long way towards removing plaque and food particles, you sometimes just don’t get every nook and cranny. By “sealing out” the plaque and food, sealants protect the vulnerable areas of your teeth and significantly reduce your risk of plaque buildup and tooth decay.

Should I get sealants?

The most common candidates for sealants are children and teenagers, due to their increased risk of developing decay in the ridges of their molars and premolars. It’s advised to get sealants as soon as the permanent molars and premolars come in, in order to protect the teeth in their most cavity-prone years between ages 6 and 14.

Dental sealants might be useful for some younger children who still have baby teeth, particularly if their teeth have deep depressions and grooves. Adults can also benefit from sealants if their teeth are free from decay or fillings.

What’s the process for getting sealants?

Dr. Zulfaghary and Dr. Asad can apply dental sealants to your teeth with an easy and painless process that takes only a few minutes:

  1. The teeth that you’re going to have sealed will be cleaned thoroughly and then dried.
  2. The chewing surfaces of your teeth will be treated with an acid solution, which texturizes them and makes it easier for the sealant to bond.
  3. Your teeth will be rinsed and dried again.
  4. The sealant will be painted on to your tooth enamel, where it will bond directly to the tooth and harden, sometimes with the help of a special curing light.

How long do sealants last?

Sealants can be an effective deterrent against tooth decay for up to 10 years. They need to be checked regularly at dental check-ups for chipping and wearing, though and can be replaced if necessary.

Call or book an appointment online today for comprehensive dental sealant care at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn.