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:
What do sealants involve?
Sealants are easily applied and the process takes only a couple of minutes to complete.
The teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and then surrounded with cotton to keep the area dry. Sealant material is then carefully painted onto the enamel surface to cover the deep grooves and depressions. The material then hardens automatically a few minutes after application.
Proper home care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new sealants.