Dental sealants are thin plastic covering that is glued to the chewing surface of your teeth which are at the most risk of attracting decay. A sealant is used mainly for the back molars. They help prevent the accumulation of acids and bacteria that are the root causes of tooth decay. The shallow grooves and fissures in the teeth do not need sealing, but the small ones need them because they cannot be sufficiently cleaned with a toothbrush with bristles too large to reach these areas. The sealant bonds into the smallest of grooves in the molars, then dry out and form a durable protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. This keeps food out of these grooves, thus preventing the accumulation of bacteria thus preventing decay. The smooth surface molded by the sealant can be easily cleaned and maintained. It is substantially more challenging and expensive to repair the damage once a cavity has developed in a tooth. Sealants offer both a safe and painless way to protect your teeth from developing decay and cavities and are a minimal intervention method to good dental care.
How Are Dental Sealants Applied?
The application of a sealant only takes about a few minutes. It is a painless and easy procedure. Once the teeth are sealed, they are carefully cleaned and dried. Each tooth's surface is applied with an acid solution to create a rough surface to help the sealant bond firmly to the tooth. The sealant is painted onto each tooth after rinsing and re-drying the tooth. Ultraviolet light is used to cure and harden the sealant.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
Dental sealants can last anywhere from five to ten years depending on the material used, though they can wear over time. They have to be regularly checked, at least on an annual basis, to spot any chipping or wear indications. If either has happened, the sealants can be reapplied or replaced with some amount to ensure that your teeth are still being secured from decay.
What are the various benefits of Sealants?
There are many benefits of a sealant procedure. Most frequently, sealants are used in children, but adults with decay can benefit from sealants. Usually, children should get sealants applied on their permanent molars as soon as these teeth start to erupt.
- Sealants offer protection to the grooves of the teeth from various food particles.
- Dental sealants are easy to apply; they usually take only a few minutes to dry.
- Immediately after application of a sealant, the protection of teeth begins.
- Sealants are resilient under normal chewing force and can last several years before a reapplication is required.
- Sealants are more inexpensive and are a practical way to help prevent cavities.
- Sealants are white or clear in color, making them virtually invisible when talking, smiling, or eating.
- Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.
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