Dental sealants are one of the best methods for preventing cavities and decay on the biting surfaces of a person’s back teeth. They work by sealing off deep pits and fissures that are prime breeding grounds for harmful oral bacteria and acids. Consisting of a thinly-coated layer of acrylic painted upon the surface of a tooth, sealants establish an effective barrier which smooths out the pits and grooves and protects the enamel of a tooth from damage.
Inside the mouth, roughly 75 percent of all tooth decay occurs within the deep pits and fissures found within a person’s back teeth. These areas are very difficult to reach, even with proper brushing and flossing techniques. When a dental sealant is applied, these rough surfaces are smoothed out, which makes them significantly easier to clean and maintain. Once applied, sealants should be examined for wear and tear during a person’s regularly scheduled dental checkup. Sealants are designed to last for several years if cared for properly.
Good candidates for dental sealants include children and teenagers who are still developing correct oral hygiene practices. Often, they are used on baby teeth that feature deep grooves and fissures. Still, many adult patients also benefit from the use of dental sealants.
The application of dental sealants is a quick and easy process that only requires one visit to one of our offices. The process starts by cleaning and drying any tooth that is designated for sealing. Using a cotton swab, the tooth is kept dry throughout the procedure. Once dried, the surface of the tooth is roughened using an etching solution. This allows the sealant coating to easily bond with the tooth. After the etching solution is rinsed off and the tooth is re-dried, the sealant coating is painted onto the tooth and allowed to fully dry. At this point, we will make sure that the grooves and fissures of the tooth have been properly sealed.
If you want to learn more about how dental sealants can be used to protect your teeth, please call (786) 320-7554 to schedule an appointment at one of our six locations across South Florida.