Dental sealants are coatings painted on the back teeth to help protect them from damage and decay. The coatings are usually applied on the chewing surfaces of the molars, which contain grooves or “fissures.” These uneven areas can be extremely hard to clean and are the perfect site for plaque and bacteria to form. Sealants smooth out these grooves and provide protection from plaque and bacteria and make them easier to clean.
Dental sealants can be used on the teeth of adults who are at high risk of decay but are most commonly used on children. Placing these sealants will protect their young teeth from the formation of cavities and other dental issues. The use of sealants can help you and your children maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!
The application of dental sealants begins with a thorough cleaning of the tooth’s surface. An acidic solution is then put on the fissured area for a few seconds which roughens the tooth’s surface so the dental sealant can attach to the tooth. The dental sealant is then painted on the tooth and hardened with a light. The sealant then becomes a hard plastic coating and enables the patient to chew normally.
Dental sealants can last for many years but may have to be reapplied after some time. Sealants do not replace the need for regular dental hygiene habits, including regular dental visits and the brushing and flossing of teeth.
If you would like to learn more about dental sealants, give our office a call at (203) 542-9333.