Dental Sealants from Green Dental & Orthodontics

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 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– As soon as the six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear or any time 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.
  • 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.