What Are Dental Sealants?
A sealant is a plastic coating that is bonded to the biting surface of the back molars. The plastic material bonds in to the numerous pits and fissures located on the chewing surface of the back teeth. The sealant creates a smooth surface on the tooth, protecting the tooth from accumulating plaque, debris and bacteria.
Brushing and flossing are essential for good oral health. However, especially in young children who may inadequately brush their teeth, the sealant acts as an added defense to tooth decay.
How Are Sealants Applied?
Sealants are easy for the dentist to apply. A young child will be comforted knowing that there are no shots or drilling involved. The dentist first cleans the biting surface of the tooth to be sealed . Once the tooth is isolated and dry, the sealant is flowed onto the chewing surface. Once the material has filled all the pits and fissures, the sealant is dryed with a bonding (high intensity) light.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
As long as the sealant stays intact the tooth will have abn added layer of defense against decay. Sealants, once set, are hard, and usually last for several years before needing to be replaced. During regular check ups the sealants will be evaluated and reapplied as necessary.
Please call us with any questions you might have regarding this non invasive prevention oriented procedure.
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