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Sealants in Hackettstown | cavity prevention, tooth decay prevention |

Independence  Dental  Associates,  L.L.C.

Richard J. Cleave,

General Dentistry, Implants,
 IV Sedation, Oral Surgery,
 Moderate IV Sedation Permit # 034

  Dr. Tiffany P. Chen
New Jersey Speciality Permit #06777

915 County Road 517 # 23 
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 852-2215

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Pit & Fissure Sealants


Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars and premolars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean.  Beside this, these teeth have pits and fissures.  I tell my patients they are like the nook and crannies that are advertised for english muffins.  The toothbrush bristles are unable to clean into these areas and food is pushed into these areas which then start the decay process with the bacteria normal to the oral cavity.

Sealants put a coating over these nooks and crannies and the food can't be pushed into those areas thereby preventing decay.  Sealants have been with us nearly 40 years and have shown to be a great deterant against deday on back teeth.

First molars come in at around 5-7 years of age, with the second molars coming in between the ages of 11-14.  The premolars come in between 9-10 years of age. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars and premolars first come in to ensure they are protected early.

To place a sealant an acid etches the surface of the tooth for a brief time creating small holes that can't be seen with the naked eye.  The area etched will have an opaque apperance.  Then an adhesive composite liquid sealant is applied to the teeth.  The liquid sealant is actually painted onto the top of the teeth.  A special light called a "white light" is used to make the sealant hard and the sealant attaches mechanically to the small mechanical holes formed by the etchant. This creates a barrier between the tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria.

Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.  We use opaque sealants in our practice, not the clear sealants.  In this way we can just look at the tooth to make sure the sealant is in place and does not need to be replaced.  If replacement is necessary it is done at no charge to the patient's family. 

Hackettstown Dentist. Dr. Richard Cleave DMD FAGD provides Sealants, cavity prevention, tooth decay prevention to patients suffering from in Independence Township, Washington Township, Mansfield Township, Mt. Olive Township. Independence Township Dentist providing Sealants in Hackettstown, New Jersey.