Are you prone to tooth decay? If so, you may be a candidate for dental sealants.
Dental sealants are a clear plastic coating that our dentist applies to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. We may recommend sealants as a preventive measure against cavities, especially for our younger patients.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
According to the, tooth decay is the #1 chronic disease that affects American children.
It’s not uncommon for the back teeth to have deep grooves and divots on the chewing surfaces. Plaque can hide in these grooves and divots, making it difficult to brush your teeth effectively.
As the name suggests, sealants will seal the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. That way, it’s smoother and more difficult for dental plaque to build up.
What to Expect
First, we’ll need to clean and dry the chewing surfaces of your back tooth. Next, we’ll wrap the tooth in cotton or another absorbent material to keep it free of saliva.
Once the tooth is prepped, we’ll apply an acid solution to the chewing surfaces. This roughens it up so the tooth can create a strong bond with the sealant. We’ll then rinse and dry your tooth.
As the final step, we’ll paint the clear sealant onto your tooth and use a curing light to help it harden in place.