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Is it common to get a cavity after dental sealants have been applied?


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2010-07-27 21:15:10
2010-07-27 21:15:10

A sealant was done on a tooth of mine and not 2 years later did a first cavity apear. Although sealants help protect for the future, they will not always work. Its deffinitly a good idea to have it done but like condoms theres always that 6% chance that it will escape.

AnswerIt is possible that the sealant fell off the tooth. There is no guarantee that a sealant will stay in place, especially if you eat hard foods (like hard candy or corn nuts) and the typical life span for sealants, even whey they are correctly placed by trained professionals, is about 6 years. Then there is the idea of taking proper care of your mouth at home and taking control of your diet and watching the types of junk you put into your mouth. How often did/do you brush? do you do it correctly? Do you use dental floss? Correctly? Please don't be so ready to complain to a dentist about getting a cavity if you are partly to blame by not following recommendations or not taking responsibility. Do you blame a tire manufacturer for a blowout after you drive over broken class and nails? It's the same thing. There are no guarantees given by dentists. If yours did, he/she made a major mistake. AnswerIt is not very common to have cavities after dental sealants have been put on teeth, unless the diet and hygiene are very bad.

Put in mind that dental sealants only last about 5 years, and should be redone.

AnswerI got sealants put on about 4 years ago and that dentist said I never had a cavity. I just went to another dentist and it seems once the sealants wear off a little you start getting tons of cavities (19 in my case). In order to stop those new cavities from the sealants you must get more sealants put in. Seems that when you have more sealants put on your teeth they prevent the cavities the old sealants caused. I would have been better off never having the sealants, before I only got one cavity every year or two... Now 19 in one year.

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no such thing. sealants are not made of any metal material

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If the tooth has decay diagnosed by a dentist, a sealant is not recommended. A cavity needs to be treated with a filling or a crown. Ask your dentist. Sealants should only be placed on teeth that are cavity-free.

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I think you mean sealants to prevent cavities right? When I was about 13 my dentist put them on a few of my back teeth (the deeper ones which he thought were prone to cavities). I am 27 now and have a cavity in most back teeth except for the ones that have the sealants on - would highly recommend for a child - not expensive and they have lasted forever. Dental sealants have been in common use for over 30 years, and they have been improved over the years. It is known that the most likely place for a child to get a cavity is in the small pits and grooves in their back teeth. That is because these small pits and grooves are extremely difficult and sometimes impossible to keep clean. A dental sealant is a plastic coating that fills in the pits and grooves before a cavity occurs without removing any tooth structure as is done when a traditional filling is placed.While not 100% effective in preventing cavities, sealants can significantly reduce the risk of getting cavities on the back teeth, especially if the child visits their dentist frequently (twice a year) to have worn out or missing sealants replaced.A sealant must be placed before a cavity appears in the tooth. Once a cavity is diagnosed by the dentist, a traditional filling must be placed.

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Orthodontics with an authorization , fillings , sealants , cleanings

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