Sealants

Deep grooves or pits can form in teeth which is where 75% of dental decay usually begins. It is difficult to properly clean teeth which are affected by this problem. Sealant protects teeth by sealing deep grooves, pits and fissures, creating a smooth surface that is easy to clean. This sealant is a thin plastic coating which is applied to the chewing surface of molars and premolars.

While sealants can protect teeth from decay for multiple years, it is important to check them for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.

Reasons For Sealants:
  • Children and teenagers – Sealant is applied to the teeth of teenagers and children usually after the six year molars (first permanent back teeth) appear of if the child is thought to be cavity prone.
  • Adults – Damaged or teeth with uneven surfaces, grooves or depressions need sealant.
  • Baby teeth – Sealant is applied if the teeth are uneven and if cavities develop.
What Do Sealants Involve?

The dentists at Anderson Lake Dental can easily apply sealant to your teeth with the process only taking a few minutes per tooth. Firstly, the teeth on which the sealant is to be applied are thoroughly cleaned before cotton is placed around them to keep them dry. A special solution is applied to the dry teeth. This solution helps the sealant bond to the teeth which are then rinsed and dried again. Sealant is then carefully painted onto the enamel surface of teeth where the grooves or depressions have formed. There are different types of sealants. Some sealants harden automatically while some harden with the use of a curing light.

To maximize the life of sealants, it is important to look after them at home with brushing and flossing, a balanced diet and timely dental checkups.

A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.

Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.

Reasons For Sealants:
  • Children and teenagers – As soon as the six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear or any time throughout the cavity prone years of 6-16.
  • Adults – Tooth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions.
  • Baby teeth – Occasionally done if teeth have deep grooves or depressions and child is cavity prone.
What Do Sealants Involve?

Sealants are easily applied by your dentist or dental hygienist and the process takes only a couple of minutes per tooth.The teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and then surrounded with cotton to keep the area dry. A special solution is applied to the enamel surface to help the sealant bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried. Sealant material is carefully painted onto the enamel surface to cover the deep grooves or depressions. Depending on the type of sealant used, the material will either harden automatically or with a special curing light.

Proper home care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new sealants.

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