A sealant is a thin,
plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and
any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of
dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions
are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects
the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean
Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.
Reasons for sealants:
What do sealants involve?
Sealants are easily applied by your dentist or dental hygienist and the process takes only a couple of minutes per tooth.
The teeth to be
sealed are thoroughly cleaned and then surrounded with cotton to keep
the area dry. A special solution is applied to the enamel surface to
help the sealant bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and
dried. Sealant material is carefully painted onto the enamel surface to
cover the deep grooves or depressions. Depending on the type of
sealant used, the material will either harden automatically or with a
special curing light.
Proper home care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new sealants.
You are welcome to schedule an appointment today!