Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Sealants are usually performed on molars but can also be applied to premolars and teeth with particularly deep pits and fissures. Teeth with these deep grooves are where more than 75 percent of decay begins because they are more difficult to clean than other teeth. Sealants as offered by Drs. Terry Peterson and Stephanie Troglin at Brilliant Smiles Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona, will provide the protection needed to fight off decay.

What is a dental sealant?

A dental sealant is a very thin yet strong protective coating that bonds into the grooves and depressions of the teeth, creating a barrier that protects against tooth decay and cavities. Sealants prevent small bits of food and plaque from getting stuck in these areas, which are difficult to clean with regular brushing and flossing. By sealing these vulnerable areas, dental sealants play a critical role in maintaining oral health, especially preventing cavities in children and teenagers.

Who can benefit from dental sealants?

Dental sealants are particularly beneficial for children and teenagers, who are more prone to cavities in their newly erupted permanent teeth. Sealants can also be useful for adults with deep grooves in their teeth or those at high risk for dental caries, providing an additional layer of protection.

I’ve heard dental sealants are only for children. Is this true?

While dental sealants are commonly applied to children and teenagers, they are not exclusively for children. Adults with teeth that have particularly deep grooves or fissures are also great candidates for dental sealants. Sealants can be an effective preventive measure for anyone at risk of developing cavities, regardless of age. They are a valuable tool for maintaining oral health in both children and adults.

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How is a dental sealant applied to teeth?

Applying a dental sealant is a quick and simple process. First, the tooth is thoroughly cleaned to remove any plaque or food particles. Next, the tooth is dried, and an acidic solution is applied to the chewing surface to roughen it up, which will help the sealant bond with the tooth. The tooth will then be rinsed and dried again before we apply the sealant material to the grooves of the tooth. The sealant is then hardened, usually with a special curing light. Once the sealant has hardened, it forms a protective shield over the enamel, helping to prevent decay.

Where can I get dental sealants in Scottsdale, AZ?

Taking only just a few minutes per tooth, Dr. Peterson and our team can easily apply sealants to teeth that need them. To schedule an appointment at our Scottsdale, AZ office, please call (480) 613-3476.

Dr. Terry Peterson is a highly skilled dentist with extensive expertise in modern dental techniques near Scottsdale, AZ 85254

About Dr. Terry Peterson

Dr. Terry Peterson is a highly skilled dentist with extensive expertise in modern dental techniques. He was raised in Utah and completed his dental education at Creighton University School of Dentistry after earning a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Brigham Young University. Since 2011, Dr. Peterson has practiced dentistry in the Phoenix area, where he is known for his warm and personable approach to patient care. He prioritizes treating each patient like family, ensuring a trustworthy and comfortable experience. Connect with Dr. Terry Peterson on Linkedin