Dental sealants are an acrylic coating that is painted over teeth, usually molars and premolars, to prevent tooth decay. They seal the deep grooves of your teeth where food can remain stuck even after brushing and flossing. This keeps teeth safe from plaque and acids that could erode the enamel otherwise.
These sealants can be applied to patients of any age, but it’s most commonly done on children, as they might not be as thorough about their dental hygiene or fully understand its importance. Dental sealants can last for years, but eventually chipping or cracking is common. In these cases, the old acrylic is removed and a new sealant can easily be applied.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
- Easy to apply: dental sealants only take about five minutes per tooth.
- Teeth remain protected from common issues and everyday substances
- Great for children who might not brush as thoroughly
- Can be done on any tooth
- Natural, virtually undetectable appearance
How Sealants Are Applied
Sealants can be applied in one appointment. First, we thoroughly clean each tooth to remove any plaque or buildup that might already be in place. Next, the tooth is dried and etched slightly to give the acrylic something to hold on to. Finally, the dentist will apply the sealant and use a high-intensity light to harden the material. Once the acrylic has hardened, you can begin chewing on the tooth again immediately.
It’s important to note that while sealants offer teeth an extra layer of protection, proper brushing and flossing is still necessary to prevent tooth decay. Make sure your children understand the importance of oral hygiene.
Children and adults alike can reap the benefits dental sealants have to offer. For preventative sealants for you or your child, book an appointment with our office today!