What Are Sealants?

Sealants are a type of dental material used to protect the chewing surfaces of teeth, particularly the back teeth (molars and premolars). Dental sealants are usually made of a plastic resin material and are applied to the pits and fissures of the teeth, creating a protective layer.

They prevent tooth decay by sealing off grooves and depressions in the teeth where food particles might get trapped and cause cavities. Sealants provide a smooth, protective barrier that prevents the accumulation of plaque and bacteria, reducing the risk of cavities.

Who Are Sealants For?

Sealants are primarily recommended for children and teenagers, as they are more susceptible to tooth decay. However, adults who have deep grooves and fissures on their teeth can also benefit from sealant treatment. Dentists often apply sealants to permanent molars soon after they erupt, which is typically between the ages of 6 and 14. Applying sealants at an early stage can help protect the teeth during their most cavity-prone years.

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Why Are Sealants Important?

Sealants are important because they offer an additional layer of protection against tooth decay, particularly in areas that are challenging to clean thoroughly. Some areas of the teeth can be difficult to clean effectively even with regular brushing and flossing, leading to the buildup of plaque and bacteria. Sealants help to fill in the deep grooves and create a smooth, easy-to-clean surface, reducing the risk of cavities.

How Are Sealants Applied?

The application of sealants is a straightforward and painless process. Here’s how it is typically done: 

Tooth Preparation: The teeth are cleaned, then a gel is applied to roughen the teeth surfaces to help the sealant adhere better. The teeth are then rinsed and dried. 

Sealant Application: The sealant material is then applied to the tooth. It is usually in liquid form and flows into the pits and fissures. The dentist may use a brush, applicator, or a small instrument to ensure that the sealant material covers the entire chewing surface.

Bonding and Hardening: After the sealant material is applied, it is bonded to the tooth surface using a special curing light or chemical process. This helps the sealant to harden and form a strong protective layer.

How Often Is Sealant Treatment Needed?

Sealant treatment is a preventive measure, and its longevity can vary depending on various factors such as oral hygiene practices, the condition of the sealant, and individual habits. Typically, dental sealants can last up to 10 years. However, they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental check-ups. Dentists may recommend reapplying sealants if they become worn or damaged over time.

Interested in Learning More about Sealants?

Dr. Patel and his team at Colonialtown Dental have extensive experience and knowledge regarding sealants. Colonialtown Dental has been serving Orlando and the surrounding areas for over 28 years. Book online or give us a call at 407-422-3811 today!