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Can Adults Get Sealants Too? Gainesville, GA
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Dental sealants are most often associated with pediatric dental care. Sealants involve a plastic application on the back molars to “seal out” decay. Due to the prevalence of cavities in kids as well as their beginner brushing habits, sealants are typically recommended for school-age children when their permanent molars erupt. What you may not know about sealants, however, is that they can be applied to patients of all ages. Yes, adults can benefit from dental sealants too!

How Effective Are Sealants?

According to ADA, dental sealants on the molars can reduce risk of decay by 80%. The molars are chosen because these back teeth are harder to brush and they have deep pits and grooves that attract bacteria and food debris. By providing a thin plastic material to these teeth, a sealant can act as a barrier and shield vulnerable molars from tooth decay. Sealants don’t last forever, but some can deliver valued prevention for up to 10 years. As an added bonus, sealants are affordable, and the procedure is quick and painless.

How Are Sealants Applied?

The American Dental Association (ADA) explains the sealant application process:

  • First, the tooth’s surface is cleaned and dried.
  • Then, an “acidic gel” is applied briefly to roughen the tooth surface to help the sealant adhere to your natural tooth.
  • Shortly after, the dental hygienist will rinse the gel and dry the tooth before applying the sealant.
  • After the water rinse, the tooth surface is dried and the sealant is applied. A blue light is then used to solidify the sealant on to the tooth.

How You Can Benefit from Sealants as an Adult

There are many reasons why adults choose dental sealants. Adults reap the same overall benefit as children – to prevent cavities. A dentist may recommend sealants for an adult who is more prone to cavities, either based on personal history or if they have deeply pitted molars or crowded back teeth that makes cleaning a challenge. Due to their preventative properties, sealants can save money that would otherwise be spent on fillings, crowns and other repairs for a damaged/decayed tooth. What adult isn’t interested in protecting both their smile and their wallet?

Schedule Your Adult Sealants Today!

At the Gainesville Dental Group, we pride ourselves on our attention to preventative dental care. Our goal is to keep patients away from the dental chair as much as possible. If you would like to learn more about how you can protect your smile with dental sealants, please call our office today.

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

Tel: (770) 297-0401

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Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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