Dental sealants are thin layers of coatings painted over the chewing surfaces or grooves of posterior molar teeth. Sealants protect the pits and fissures (tiny grooves and depressions) of teeth where plaque commonly accumulates. It is done as preventive dentistry to prevent tooth cavities.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
Sealants can effectively prevent cavities and carious lesions for chidlren and adults molars. It can also minimize the progression of initial lesions of the tooth that has sealant application.
Dental Sealants Treatment
During an annual check, your dentist normally does routine professional teeth cleaning and possible fluoride treatment. Dental sealants on molar teeth is also commonly recommended as a general or preventive dental treatment if you have not received them as a child. Pediatric dentists normally placed teeth sealants over permanent teeth to prevent plaque buildup and reduce the possibility of teeth decay.
Although teeth sealant may not be a mandatory oral treatment, but has been shown to provide benefits within clinical studies. Based on the resources on Central Disease Control (CDC), 9 in 10 cavities occur on the permanent back teeth of children. With dental sealant treatment, teeth are protected against 80% of cavities for 2 years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years. Tooth sealants can therefore reduce the need for costly and invasive treatments like dental fillings or crowns.
Most individiual apply sealants around the age 6 years or when 1st molars erupt.
Sealant Dental Treatment
Application of teeth sealants is quick, easy, and painless way. It is completed in one visit.
Clean the pits and fissures of specific molar teeth. Apply etchant to enamel
surfaces to be sealed.
Thoroughly rinse teeth to remove etchant. Thereafter dry the etched surfaces.
Apply the dental sealants into pits and fissures of the molar tooth.
Light cure to harden the coatinng over the chewing surface.
Teeth Sealants FAQs
Yes. You should cosult to have your family dentist or your child’s pediatric dentist do dental sealants to prevent the cavities.
Tooth sealants are normally applied as soon as permanent molars come into the mouth at the age 6 for first molars and age 12 for second molars.