Did you know that 80-90% of cavities develop in the chewing surface of your molars and premolars? But did you also know that you can reduce your risk for tooth decay in these areas by 70% when you get a dental sealant? Keep reading to learn more about this preventive dental treatment and how it can protect the health of your smile.
In short, a dental sealant is a plastic resin which we use to coat your most vulnerable teeth. The sealant fills the grooves in these teeth because they are prone to collecting the plaque bacteria that cause decay. A sealant not only prevents plaque from accessing these areas, but it also smooths the tooth surface, making it easier to clean. Dental sealants are not meant to replace oral hygiene, routine dental visits, and fluoride treatments, rather they are meant to work in conjunction with these preventive procedures in order to protect and improve your oral health.
The application of dental sealants is a quick and simple procedure. After we clean your teeth, we will place an acidic solution over them. This solution roughens the tooth surface, which makes it easier for the sealant to stick. We will wash the solution away and then dry your teeth. After painting on the sealants, we will harden them with a curing light. If you take proper care for your teeth, then the sealant can protect them for 5-10 years.