Tooth or dental sealants are one of the best ways to prevent decay in the tooth. We use them predominately on molars and premolars and sealants are applied to the grooves and pits of the teeth where food can be trapped, leading to decay.
A tooth or dental sealant acts as a barrier to keep those areas free of food particles and other bacteria. Getting a dental sealant applied is usually a quick and easy procedure, typically only taking a few minutes per tooth.
With children it’s best to wait until the adult molars come in. We are experts at keeping your children calm and happy during a dental visit with some TV and friendly staff always at hand.
A tooth or dental sealant will typically last several years and can be easily reapplied as required.
Dental or tooth sealants are thin, protective coatings that are applied to the teeth to help prevent tooth decay. Sealants are typically recommended for children and adolescents, but they can also be beneficial for adults who are at risk of developing cavities.
When you need a dental sealant, we will first examine your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If your tooth has deep grooves or pits on the chewing surface of your teeth, you may be a good candidate for sealants.
The process of getting a dental sealant is quick and painless. We clean the tooth and apply an acid solution to the chewing surface to roughen it up. This helps the sealant adhere better to the tooth. The sealant is then painted onto the tooth and allowed to dry. Once the sealant is dry, it creates a protective barrier over the tooth that helps prevent bacteria and food particles from getting trapped in the grooves and pits.
Dental sealants are an effective way to prevent tooth decay, especially in children and adolescents. Sealants can reduce the risk of cavities by up to 80% in the first two years after they are applied. Sealants can also continue to provide protection for up to 10 years with proper care.
While dental sealants are most commonly used on children and adolescents, adults who are at risk of developing cavities can also benefit from sealants. Patients with a history of tooth decay, poor oral hygiene, or a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates may be good candidates for sealants.
To maintain the benefits of dental sealants, you should continue to practise good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting us for regular check-ups and cleaning.
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