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Dental sealants are a great way to protect your teeth from decay, and at Family Dentistry of Short Pump, we are Glen Allen’s experts in applying them!

Dental sealants are thin, acrylic coatings painted on the chewing areas of teeth to prevent tooth decay. The sealant forms a protective layer over the grooves and fissures in your enamel to seal out plaque and prevent tooth decay.

Who should get sealants?

No matter how well you brush, there are parts of your teeth you just can’t reach. Dental sealants protect those nooks and crannies. Children and teenagers are the ideal candidates for sealants, which can help prevent tooth decay during cavity-prone years. Adults who  haven’t shown any signs of decay or who haven’t had fillings placed in their molars may also benefit from sealants.

How are sealants applied?

Sealants can be applied in only a few minutes by your hygienist as part of a routine appointment. After your teeth are cleaned, we’ll paint the acrylic coating on the tooth enamel. Sometimes we’ll use a curing light to speed up hardening. Once set, the sealant protects tooth enamel from plaque and acid. Dental sealants can last for several years and help set patients up for fewer dental issues later in life.

At Family Dentistry of Short Pump, we are Glen Allen’s expert in dental sealants. If you want to learn more about how they can benefit you, or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 804-527-2982. We would be happy to answer any questions you have!