Sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
When you desire to protect your child’s teeth from decay and cavities, you’ll want to ask your dentist about dental sealants. These sealants are a thin coating of a unique substance that is painted on your child’s teeth. Because they are harder to brush, dental sealants remain an especially good ideal for a child’s back teeth and molars. The sealant is placed on your child’s teeth. The substance permanently bonds to the teeth and protects a person’s teeth from decay.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Sealants?
Sealants are not a substitute for flossing and brushing your child’s teeth. Adding teeth sealant to your child’s oral routine will prevent the plaque which builds up on teeth from causing tooth decay. Sealants are available for young children who have their permanent teeth, teenagers and adults with no cavities. Adults usually only have sealants applied to their back teeth, however. Baby teeth also benefit from sealants, because the deep grooves in these teeth need protecting, too.
What happens during the procedure?
The procedure for having dental sealants placed is quick and painless. There is no need to even numb the area. Once the dentist has placed the sealants, the tooth will be protected from any bacteria that get to the tooth. Applying a sealant protects the teeth for about ten years before a reapplication is needed.
When teeth get a sealing application, your dentist will:
- Thoroughly clean the teeth.
- Dry the teeth to be sealed.
- Place an acid solution on the teeth that enable the sealant to stick to the teeth in question.
- Rinse and dry the teeth.
- Apply the sealant to the enamel of the teeth.
- Cure the sealant with a specialty sealing light.
If you would like to inquire further about dental sealants for you or a family member, please call our office today and one of our helpful staff members would be happy to assist you.