Dental Sealants from Green Dental & Orthodontics
A sealant is a clear plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth like molars and premolars. This can be done in order to prevent cavities.
The sealant fills in any pits or fissures that might contain tooth decay, which means that when it’s time for the dentist to remove the sealant, they’re less likely to find any cavities!
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 surface.
Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.
Reasons for Dental Sealants:
- Children and teenagers– If your child has a mouthful of cavities, be sure to start using toothpaste with fluoride at the earliest opportunity. Children’s mouths are more susceptible to cavities during their six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) and throughout the cavity-prone years of 6-16.
- Adults– Tooth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions.
- Baby teeth– Occasionally done if teeth have deep grooves or depressions and child is cavity prone.
What Do Dental Sealants Involve?
- Sealants are easily applied by your dentist or dental hygienist and the process takes only a couple of minutes per tooth.
- To start a dental sealant application, the teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned. The area is then wrapped in cotton to make sure the teeth stay 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.