A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that is applied to the grooves of the chewing surfaces of your teeth to protect them from tooth decay. This is an important part of preventative dental care because it will help you avoid potential cavities that attack the vulnerable areas of your teeth.
Why Is It Necessary?
Sealants are a necessary part of dental health because there are often deep grooves and depressions in a tooth that a brush can easily miss. That makes these areas (usually in the back teeth that are used for chewing) particularly vulnerable to decay.
A sealant will help you protect those areas and avoid a lot of the decay that can attack your teeth, especially in your earlier years.
A Simple Procedure
A dental sealant is easy to apply and it can be done quickly in our comfortable office. The final results can last for years under normal use, though we will always keep an eye on it during your regular visits to ensure there is no chipping or excessive wear.
We start by fully cleaning the tooth surface and then making sure it is completely dry. We will then use a solution to roughen the surface of the teeth so the plastic resin can more readily bond to it. The teeth are then rinsed and dried again before the sealant is applied to the enamel and hardened under a special curing light.
While sealants are most often applied when the patient is still a child or teenager, many adults are also good candidates for the procedure. Contact us today to find out if this is an option for you or your children and start protecting your teeth from decay.