Sealants are just one more way to prevent decay especially on the hard to reach back molars. Sealants consist of a plastic resin placed on the chewing surface of the permanent back teeth to help protect them from bacteria and acids that cause tooth decay. While fluoride helps protect the surfaces of the teeth to prevent decay, sealants provide extra protection for the grooved and pitted areas. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food debris from the chewing surfaces of the teeth. They are often applied just after the molars break through. Sealing these teeth early help to save time, money and you teeth!
Sealants are a quick and painless procedure. First the teeth are cleaned and dried. Next the tooth surface is slightly roughed with a gel. This allows the sealant to grip the tooth. Once the tooth is dry again, the sealant is applied to the grooves of your teeth. Lastly, a special light is used to cure the sealant.
Sealants are common for preteens and teens, but also beneficial for some adults. Ask our team if sealants are right for your family.
Tooth Preparation – first, the surface of the tooth will be polished to remove plaque and food debris from the grooved and pitted surfaces. Next the surface of the tooth will be etched, rinsed and dried.
Sealant Application – the dental sealant material will be applied to the surface of the tooth with a brush; the sealant will be bonded to the tooth surface using a self-curing light for about 30 seconds.