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 and how do we do them different?
Sealants are easily applied by your dentist, dental assistant or dental hygienist and the process takes only a couple of minutes per tooth.
The teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and power washed using air abrasion. An Isolite device is used to isolate the teeth from saliva, the tongue and cheeks. A special solution is applied to the enamel surface to help the sealant bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried. Clear bonding is applied on the surfaces and cured with a cure light. Sealant material is carefully painted onto the enamel surface to cover the deep grooves or depressions and hardened with a curing light again.
Proper home care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new sealants.