A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface and any pits and fissures of your molars and pre-molars. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.
Sealants can prevent tooth decay for many years. However, these need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.
Reasons for 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.
Sealants can be easily applied by your dentist or dental hygienist and the process requires 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 help the sealant bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried. Depending on the type of sealant used, the material will either harden automatically or with a special curing light.
Normal, regular home cleaning, plus a balanced diet and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new sealants. To learn more, contact Capati Dental today.