Sealants are substance white filling material applied by our providers to the back teeth of the mouth where decay occurs most often. The Sealant acts as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are made of asoft plastic material that hardens and bonds to the surface of the teeth once applied.There is a higher risk of developing decay in the grooves (pit and fissure) of the teeth at younger ages. Children and teenagers are obvious candidates for dental sealant protection.
Thorough brushing and flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from hardening to the smooth surfaces of teeth but, there are areas where a brush cannot reach to remove bacteria and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by creating a barrier between the teeth and foreign particles.
How Sealants Are Applied?
The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel with a tool. It bonds directly to the tooth and hardens into a plastic like material. Once applied, the sealant will sink into the depressions and grooves of the chewing surfaces of the teeth creating a protective barrier. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from plaque and acids that can build up.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
The Sealants hold up well against the force of normal chewing. Typically sealants last several years before a reapplication is needed. It is during regular dental visits our pediatric dentist will check the condition of any sealants and reapply them as necessary.