Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants

Although you cannot easily see your molars, they have an important job to do. Without them, you could not properly chew your food. But their location and design can make them difficult to brush, and they can easily trap the food debris and plaque that can lead to cavities. To keep your molars healthy, our dentists and team offer dental sealants in Warwick, New York. Contact Merchant Square Dental at 845-986-1732 to schedule an appointment for sealants with Dr. Syed Masihuddin or Dr. Pankaj Puri for your child or even for yourself.

A sealant is a preventive dental treatment that our dentists may recommend to protect patients’ teeth from decay. A dental sealant is made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material, which is painted onto the chewing surface of teeth. By blocking out the bacteria and food debris that lead to tooth decay, the sealant prevents decay and cavities. The dental sealant forms a smooth coating over the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface, which also makes it easier to effectively clean teeth with normal brushing.

Dental sealants are most often recommended for children. They are frequently recommended for the permanent molars as soon as they come in, usually between the ages of 6 and 12 years. We may also recommend dental sealants for adult patients whose teeth are prone to decay or have not been restored or suffered from decay in the past. We can apply dental sealants in just one short, comfortable visit to our practice.

Sealants can be a powerful tool in preventing decay and keeping your smile healthy. To learn more about dental sealants and how our team can keep your smile in good health, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.

frequently asked questions

Dental sealants act as a barrier against plaque, bacteria, and acids that can cause tooth decay. By filling in the deep crevices and fissures of the teeth, sealants create a smooth surface that is easier to clean with regular brushing and flossing.

Dental sealants are particularly beneficial for children and teenagers who are at higher risk of developing cavities in their permanent molars and premolars. However, adults with deep grooves and pits on their teeth may also benefit from sealant treatment.

Dental sealants are typically applied as soon as the permanent molars and premolars erupt, which usually occurs between the ages of 6 and 14. However, sealants can be applied at any age if the teeth are cavity-free and have deep grooves and pits.

The application of dental sealants is a quick and painless process. First, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned and dried. Then, the sealant material is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth and hardened with a special curing light to bond it to the tooth enamel.