A dental sealant is a thin layer of plastic coating painted over the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. Regular brushing may sometimes leave the nooks and corners unnoticed where the decay is formed. Sealants help by closing down the vulnerable areas from tooth decay and preventing plaque and food particles from getting stuck.
Why Should You Get Sealants?
Regular brushing is a good habit. However, it can also leave certain nooks and corners in the teeth unnoticed. So, sealants close such places to protect vulnerable areas from decaying.
Who Can Get Sealants?
Children and teenagers are the main targets of such tooth decay because of their molars and premolars. Few adults without decay or fillings can be benefited from sealants.
- Ideally, children should get sealants on their molars and premolars as soon as they pop out because sealants can protect their teeth from the cavity-prone ages of 6 to 14.
- Sometimes even babies can get sealants since baby teeth need to be healthy. It is because baby teeth play an important role in preparing the gum for permanent adult teeth.
How Are Sealants Applied?
The process of applying sealants is simple and painless and takes only a few minutes for your dentist to finish the task.
- First, the teeth where the sealant will be applied are cleaned thoroughly.
- Then each tooth is dried, and absorbent material or cotton is put around it to prevent the tooth from getting moistened.
- Next, an acid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them. This will help the sealant bond more efficiently.
- Then the teeth are rinsed and dried again.
- Finally, the sealant is applied over the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. Sometimes, a special curing light is also used to help the sealant harden quickly.
How Long-Lasting Are Sealants?
Sealants are a very effective process and can protect your teeth from decay for up to 10 years. But regular checkups are required to ensure that they do not get chipped or get worn down. Sealants can also be replaced if essential.
Get high-quality sealants by Dr. Jeanne V. Devi, DDS. Call us at (626) 795-2544 or visit our website for more details. We are located at 595 E Colorado Blvd Suite 603, Pasadena, CA 91101.