When there are problems with a patient’s teeth such as deep grooves, pits, of fissures, then the dentist may decide that a sealant is the best option. This is a plastic coating that is very thin that can rest gently on the teeth in question. Over three quarters of all decay that develops starts off in these problem areas, and that is why having a sealant is so important.
When you have a sealant applied, then you will have a smooth surface that is very simple to clean so that you can keep the development of decay at bay. For some people, sealants will last for several years, but that does not mean that you should not get your teeth checked by your dentist regularly.
Sealants by ages:
- Baby teeth: to those who are more prone to cavities in their baby teeth
- Children and teens: when the six year molars arrive, which can happen anytime from the ages of six to sixteen, as these are the first permanent adult back teeth
- Adults: any surface that does not currently have decay, but is deeply grooved
What happens when sealant is applied?
It may be hard to believe, but it only takes a few minutes to put sealant on a tooth, so even if you have several teeth that require the treatment, it will not take too long for your dentist or even a hygienist to apply it. First the teeth will be expertly cleaned, and cotton is used to keep them dry whilst the enamel has a solution applied to it that will help the sealant to become one with your tooth. After a rinse and a dry of your mouth, the sealant is painted on, and then your sealant will either dry naturally or require a special light that will take but moments.
To keep your sealant in the best condition possible, ensure you visit your dentist regularly, and eat a well balanced diet.
To find out if sealants are the right option for you, call (619) 640-5100