Dental Sealants in New York, NY
Studies reveal that dental sealants from Glen J. Graffeo DDS offer three times better protection against cavities. Our experienced dentist near you provides several preventive treatments, including sealants and fluoride treatments. Timely intervention can prevent decay and cavities in baby teeth from affecting the development of adult teeth.
Severe decay or large cavities in primary teeth may result in pain and discomfort. Extreme cases may lead to gum disease. The dentist may perform a root canal, pulpotomy, or extraction to stop the decay from spreading.
How Dental Sealants Help
Dental sealants in New York, NY are applied on rear teeth like molars and premolars to protect them from bacterial attacks. Back teeth are used for grinding food and have grooves, pits, and a rough surface to perform their function. However, food particles tend to get trapped in these fissures, and bacteria feed on the food sugars.
The bacteria release corrosive acids that attack tooth enamel and cause holes in the tooth structure. Dr. Graffeo applies dental sealant that hardens around the tooth and prevents food particles from getting stuck. The smooth surface helps prevent bacterial attacks.
While sealants are very effective, your child also needs to practice good oral hygiene for cavity protection. Please call Glen J. Graffeo DDS to learn more about how sealants near you can protect your child from the risks of cavities.
Does Sealant Treatment Hurt?
The entire sealant procedure is non-invasive, pain-free, and quick.
Our skilled dentist in New York, NY will first remove any food particles and debris stuck between the teeth before starting the procedure. We brush the tooth surface with an acidic gel that roughens the tooth surface. Doing this helps the sealant adhere to the tooth. Once the conditioning gel is rinsed off, Dr. Graffeo coats the molars with liquid sealant that hardens in a few minutes.
We do not need to remove tooth enamel to prep the tooth, so there is no need to administer local anesthesia. Once the sealant treatment is over, your child can eat and drink without restrictions. Children should reduce excess consumption of sugary foods like candies and chewy sweets that cause tooth decay.