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Dental sealants are an optional treatment that can help you (or your child) keep your smile in tip-top shape. If you are interested in knowing more about dental sealants, or if you have questions about them, our dentist, Dr. Spencer Shelley, and dental team are happy to help you by providing the answers to commonly asked questions.

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are painted onto the surfaces of the teeth. When they are hardened, they create a barrier to protect the teeth from bacteria and other harmful substances that threaten to create dental issues.

What can dental sealants do for me?

Dental sealants can help you maintain a strong and healthy smile. They can keep hard-to-clean teeth in tip-top shape for many years. All in all, they can help you prevent tooth decay and other dental issues.

What is the process of placing a dental sealant?

Dental sealant treatment is simple, easy, and painless. It involves your dentist deeply cleaning your tooth and placing an absorbent material around it to keep it dry. Then, he will apply an acid solution to the tooth to roughen the surface, which will help the sealant bond to the tooth. Next, he will paint the plastic over your tooth and then will harden it with a special light. Your dentist will repeat this process for all other teeth that need sealants.

If you have additional questions that weren’t included in this blog, please remember that our dental team is more than happy to help you. All you need to do is contact Spencer Shelley, DDS at 757-787-7000 and we will be thrilled to give you the answers and information you need about dental sealants in Onley, Virginia!