The purpose of dental sealants is to prevent teeth from experiencing serious damage, while also making them easier to clean and maintain. They consist of a thin layer of acrylic coating that is applied directly to the molars. When sealants have been applied, they create a barrier that defends the teeth against harmful bacteria and plaque.
On the back teeth, there tends to be deep grooves and fissures. While these ridges can be helpful for chewing food, they also provide a prime location for harmful bacteria and plaque. If buildups occur, it can quickly lead to cavities and tooth decay. In fact, nearly 75 percent of all tooth decay occurs in these areas.
Dental sealants can protect these locations and make them virtually inaccessible to bacteria and plaque. Sealants also smooth out the rough surfaces on the teeth and make them easier to clean and maintain overall. They are also appropriate for all ages and are often recommended for children as soon as their permanent molars erupt. Many adults also use sealants as a way of protecting their teeth and making them easier to clean.
The first step when applying dental sealants is to thoroughly clean any tooth that is going to be sealed. By doing this, we can make sure that no unwanted material gets caught underneath the sealants. Once the teeth are clean, an acidic etching solution is used to roughen the outer surfaces of the teeth. This is done to help the sealant bond with the teeth more easily. The coating is then carefully painted over the teeth, and our experts make sure that every treated tooth is completely sealed. We then let the sealants dry and check to make sure that complete coverage was attained. Most dental sealants last for about ten years before requiring replacement.
Dental sealants can help you protect your teeth from serious damage. A visit to Fairfield Smiles will allow our experts to determine if they are an appropriate treatment option for your teeth. Please call us at 203-423-3833 to schedule an appointment.