A sealant is a thin, transparent plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars, and any deep craters of teeth. Dental decay begins 75% within these deep grooves. Teeth with certain conditions are hard to clean and are very receptive to deterioration. A sealant preserves the tooth by sealing deep grooves and creating a smooth, clean surface.
Sealants can preserve teeth from corrosion for many years but need to be monitored for damage and chipping at routine dental check-ups.
Reasons Why You Would Need Sealants
In Children and Teenagers – When the first permanent back teeth develop or throughout the cavity prone years between the ages of 6-16.
In Adults – When tooth surfaces are shown without decay that has deep grooves or depressions.
In Baby teeth – Hardly done if teeth have deep grooves or depressions, and the child is cavity prone.
What Do Sealants Involve?
Sealants are an easy and painless procedure that is administered by your dentist or dental hygienist. The method takes only a few minutes per tooth. The teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and then circled with cotton to keep the area dry. A particular solution is fastened to the enamel surface to help the sealant bond to the teeth. The teeth are then flushed and dried. Sealant material is carefully brushed onto the enamel surface to comprise the deep grooves or depressions. The type of sealant used will either harden automatically or with a special curing light. Proper home care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will support the life of your new sealants.