A dental sealant is a clear, plastic material applied to the tooth surface. It acts as a barrier to plaque and helps prevent tooth decay or tooth infection.
Dental Sealant Procedure
Dental sealants can be applied in one, easy and painless appointment. Most often sealants are applied to hard-to-clean, permanent molars used for heavy chewing. Before treatment, your dentist cleans the molars, making sure to remove all plaque buildup. Those teeth are then roughened to help the sealant adhere to the tooth surface. The clear sealant is painted on and bonds quickly with the tooth. On average each molar only takes a few minutes to clean and seal.
Advantages of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants offer protection against the plaque and bacteria that cause cavities or dental caries. Typically they last for 5 – 10 years if supplemented with daily oral care. They are invisible and right for any age. While sealants are often associated with children, they are perfectly suited for adults as well. Anybody and everybody can benefit from the protection offered by sealants.