A sealant technically is a very thin piece of plastic coating that goes around the molar and premolar teeth to help prevent tooth decay. Over 75% of all tooth decay starts to happen in these deep groove parts of the molar teeth where sealants are generally placed, and of course these parts of the mouth can become extremely hard to clean especially when tooth decay begins, but that is why sealants are used to protect the molars and the deep grooves of the molar teeth to make it easier to clean.
Sealants work to prevent tooth decay for years at a time, but it is very important that you get your sealants checked on with every single dentist visit
Reasons for sealants:
- Children and teenagers — when the first permanent molars erupt in a child’s mouth they are very cavity prone until the child turns about 16 years old
- Adults — Some tooth surfaces may not have decay but have deep grooves or depressions that make the teeth susceptible to tooth decay
- Baby teeth — If child is cavity prone and has deep grooves or depressions then sealants can help prevent all forms of cavities in these teeth
What do sealants involve?
Sealants are really easy to get applied on to your teeth by your dentist or dental hygienist and for the most part the entire process only takes a few minutes per tooth sealant.
The process involves the teeth being first cleaned very thoroughly and then surrounded with cotton make sure that the area around the tooth remains dry. Then at this point in the procedure the tooth is given a special solution that allows the sealant to bond to the teeth. After that the teeth are rinsed and dried and then the sealant material is carefully placed onto the enamel so it covers the deep grooves.
There are many things that a patient can do to make sure your sealants remain healthy and can last longer, and some of those things include a proper home care of your sealant, a balanced diet and of course regular dental visits.