An effective barrier against harmful bacteria and acids, dental sealants are applied over a person’s back teeth as a way of preventing damage and decay. Sealants consist of a thin layer of acrylic that can be easily painted over one’s teeth. Once applied, sealants go a long way towards preventing damage, while also making the teeth easier to clean. This makes sealants a great option for many patients.
The deep grooves and fissures found on a person’s back teeth are home to roughly 75 percent of all tooth decay that exists inside the mouth. Even when correct brushing and flossing techniques are used, these areas can be incredibly difficult to reach. One major benefit of dental sealants is that they smooth out these rough surfaces, making these areas substantially easier to clean and maintain. This can be extremely helpful for preventing cavities and protecting the health of the teeth.
Many patients who receive dental sealants are children and teenagers who are still learning the proper methods for brushing and flossing. In fact, baby teeth receive particularly major benefits from dental sealants due to the fact that they often feature noticeably deep grooves and fissures. That being said, many adults also receive dental sealants in order to protect their teeth from damage.
Applying dental sealants is a quick and easy process that only requires a couple of minutes per tooth. The first step of the treatment is to thoroughly clean and dry any tooth that is set for sealing. Next, an etching gel is applied to the teeth to roughen their outer surfaces and help the sealant coating bond more easily. The sealant coating is then carefully painted onto the teeth, smoothing out any rough surfaces. The coating is allowed to dry completely, and our experts will make sure that the teeth have been completely sealed.
If you would like to learn more about dental sealants and how they can be used to protect your teeth, please call us at (773) 455-0885 to schedule an appointment.