What Are Sealants?

Sealant or Dental Sealant is a thin liquid plastic coating painted on the chewing surface of your tooth. The sealant dries up to form a hard protective layer shielding the tooth from decaing.

Sealants are commonly used for coating the grooves & fissures where the plaque, tartar & bacteria can accumulate and cause tooth decay. Also dental sealants can protect from developing cracks & fissures, where the plaque can build up and decay can set in.

Why & When Would You Need A Sealant?

Even though brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, it can’t get rid of all those food and plaque struck in the nooks and crannies of the molars at the back. Those parts of the teeth are vulnerable to decay. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by sealing out the plaque and food particles.

Sealants are commonly placed in children (Not on Baby Teeth), teenager and rarely in adults. Not everyone needs sealants.

Procedure for Sealants

Procedure for sealants is a simple & Painless process. It only takes a few minutes for the dentist to apply the sealant to your teeth. Although the process of applying the sealant is mostly the same, it varies slightly based on the type of sealant or the manufacturer.  The steps involved are as follows:

  • First the teeth to be sealed are cleaned thoroughly to remove any food or debris.
  • The teeth are then dried and an absorbent material like cotton is placed to keep them dry.
  • A mild dental acid solution is placed to etch the surface of the teeth. The rough surface created helps sealant to bond with the teeth.
  • The teeth are rinsed and dried.
  • The sealant is then painted onto the surface of the tooth. It then bonds directly with the teeth and hardens.

How Often Do You need Sealants?

Sealants last for about 10 years. However they need to be checked by the dentist on your regular visits. They can be replaced if necessary.

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