Brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups are all essential to maintaining good oral health. But even if you are diligent about keeping your mouth clean, there are places in your mouth that are prone to collecting plaque, food and other bacteria.
A dental sealant is a barrier that is placed on the chewing surface of the back teeth tooth to protect it against food, bacteria, plaque and acids that may cause decay. A sealant is composed of a plastic resin that bonds to the grooves and depressions of the tooth, protecting these vulnerable areas.
How Are Sealants Applied?
Applying sealants to your teeth is a relatively simple process that only takes a few minutes per tooth. First, the teeth that will be sealed are cleaned and an acid solution is used to roughen the chewing surface to prepare it for the sealant. The sealant is painted directly on to your tooth’s enamel where it bonds and hardens.
The surface of your tooth will be protected from decay for as long as the sealant is in tact. Sealants are strong and can last for several years. The doctor will check the condition of your sealants during your regular visits and can reapply when and if necessary.