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Dental Sealants

What are Dental Sealants?

Children and some adults are extremely prone to cavities, and this can be due to genetics, poor dental hygiene, diet, and some other factors. Unfortunately, people who are prone to cavities may have trouble maintaining good oral health throughout their lives.

Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken to help prevent tooth decay. One preventative treatment is dental sealant application. Dental sealants are protective coatings that are applied onto the chewing surfaces of teeth, most often the molars, which stop food debris from getting caught on rough edges, pits and fissures, and sitting on the teeth. Sealants cannot replace proper at-home dental care and hygiene practices, like brushing and flossing, but they can help decrease the risk of cavity development.

Due to their coloring and location, dental sealants are virtually invisible and do not affect the appearance of your smile. Often, they are recommended for children, but can easily be applied for adults, as well.

Ages for Dental Sealants

Dental sealants may be more effective for younger patients than adults in many cases. The first molars emerge at around age 6, and the second set emerge near the age of 12, which is a time in life when many children will find themselves prone to cavities. Sealants are a great preventative treatment option and can be recommended as needed by your family dentist.

Dental Sealant Procedure

The application of dental sealants is not a difficult process. First, the teeth are cleaned and prepped with an acidic gel to create a strong bond for the sealant. The gel is rinsed away after several seconds, the tooth is dried, and then the sealant material is painted onto the tooth’s surface before being hardened by a special curing light.

Dental sealants typically last a few years, and a re-application may be necessary for some patients before the dentist feels comfortable letting the teeth go without sealants. Some people choose to have sealants applied repeatedly throughout their lives to help prevent cavities.

Your Dentist & Periodontist in Oak Lawn

If you are looking for reliable family dental care, we offer patients of all ages a number of preventative treatments that help them maintain optimal dental health. If you are interested in dental sealants to protect against cavities, our dental professionals at Oak Lawn Smiles can help design the ideal treatment plan for your needs. Contact us today when you call (708) 866-0509.

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What Our Patients Say

I love coming to this clinic because they always greet you when you come in and make you feel welcome. They are always running on time, which is great because I have to get to work as soon as possible. My daughter likes coming here too and she used to be afraid of going to the dentist.
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Our family has enjoyed visiting Oak Lawn Smiles since we moved to the area. We all agree it is great having a perfectionist for a dentist. Thanks for all your care!
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I would have to say that I highly recommend the friendly staff at the office Oak Lawn Smiles. The staff is Awesome!
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I've always hated the dentist, but this place is awesome! First off, the staff is so great and welcoming. They made me feel 100% comfortable even though I was in a lot of pain and was honestly really nervous since it's been a while that I've seen the dentist. Dr. Theresa is by far the most personable and non judgmental dentist I've ever seen. She kept me informed the entire time during the visit and kept me calm. Love this place, maybe going to the dentist from now on won't be so stressful after all.
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I had my best experience I've ever had at a dentist here at Oak Lawn Smiles. The whole office is modern and the staff is very friendly! My dentist was very conservative with her approach on what to do with my situation. 10/10 would recommend to other people to check this place out.
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The team at Oak Lawn Smiles is the best! Amazing experience and great dentistry. Root canals are painless here! Place is exactly what you want when searching for healthcare.
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I love coming to this clinic because they always greet you when you come in and make you feel welcome. They are always running on time, which is great because I have to get to work as soon as possible. My daughter likes coming here too and she used to be afraid of going to the dentist.

Susan W.

Our family has enjoyed visiting Oak Lawn Smiles since we moved to the area. We all agree it is great having a perfectionist for a dentist. Thanks for all your care!

Chuck K.

I would have to say that I highly recommend the friendly staff at the office Oak Lawn Smiles. The staff is Awesome!

Laurie

I've always hated the dentist, but this place is awesome! First off, the staff is so great and welcoming. They made me feel 100% comfortable even though I was in a lot of pain and was honestly really nervous since it's been a while that I've seen the dentist. Dr. Theresa is by far the most personable and non judgmental dentist I've ever seen. She kept me informed the entire time during the visit and kept me calm. Love this place, maybe going to the dentist from now on won't be so stressful after all.

Nicki F

I had my best experience I've ever had at a dentist here at Oak Lawn Smiles. The whole office is modern and the staff is very friendly! My dentist was very conservative with her approach on what to do with my situation. 10/10 would recommend to other people to check this place out.

Andrew J

The team at Oak Lawn Smiles is the best! Amazing experience and great dentistry. Root canals are painless here! Place is exactly what you want when searching for healthcare.

Terri L