A Dental Sealant is a thin coat of plastic resin brushed onto the biting surfaces of molars to prevent bacteria from attacking the enamel and causing decay
Dental sealants work by producing a smooth surface across the pits and crevices of our teeth, preventing cavities. Sealants act as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Sealants protect vulnerable areas, like depressions and grooves in the teeth, by "sealing out" plaque and food.
Sealants have been demonstrated to cut the risk of decay in molars by over 80%. Nowhere is this more crucial than in your child's dental health. The Centers for Disease Control released a report (10/2016) on the importance of sealants for school-aged children, of which less than half have Dental Sealants applied (only 43% of children ages 6-11). According to the report, “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.”
It's a painless and speedy procedure.
- Before applying an acidic gel to your teeth, we will clean and dry them. This gel roughens up your tooth's surface, allowing the sealant to make a firm bond with your tooth.
- After a few seconds, we will rinse the gel off your teeth and dry it well before applying the sealant to the grooves.
- We then solidify the sealant using a special blue light.
During your regular dental visit, we will check the condition of the sealant and can reapply them as needed. Sealants will often last for several years before they need to be reapplied.
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