What are Dental Sealants?

Posted by Legacy Dental Clinic Feb 02, 2023

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Dental Sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth to protect them from tooth decay.

Tooth sealants are a protective coating that a dentist can apply to the teeth in order to reduce plaque buildup and the risk of cavities. The sealants are made of clear or tinted plastic resin material, which is molded onto the teeth and then hardened in place. The application is fast and comfortable, and the result is a smooth surface that is more cavity-resistant. Many patients choose to get sealants on their back teeth simply because they are more difficult to clean properly with a toothbrush.

How are Dental Sealants applied?

We apply the Dental Sealants on a clean tooth that is free of decay and fillings. The sealant is painted onto the surface of the tooth where it bonds directly to the enamel and dentin, helping to protect the tooth from bacteria and plaque buildup. It’s common for there to be some slight sensitivity after a patient receives their first application of dental sealants. However, this sensation should subside within a few days. After that, patients should feel completely comfortable eating and chewing with the treated teeth.

In order to apply sealants, the teeth are first cleaned and dried. This removes the saliva and leaves the tooth surface dry so that the sealant can adhere effectively to the enamel. An acid solution is then applied to the enamel to create microscopic pores in the surface. This allows the sealant to more effectively bond with the tooth as it hardens. Once the seal is in place, it will hold up well under normal chewing pressure. Patients should refrain from biting their fingernails or other hard objects with the sealed teeth in order to avoid chipping the coating.

When applied properly, tooth sealants can effectively prevent tooth decay and the need for fillings for many years. Regular professional cleanings and exams are recommended to reduce the risk of decay beneath the sealant. Good oral hygiene practices such as brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and avoiding sugary foods and drinks are also recommended. If a tooth does eventually need treatment, the sealants can be removed without damaging the surface of the tooth. However, this should only be done in cases of extreme decay or damage. In most cases, sealants can last for 10 years or longer before they need replacement.

When are Dental Sealants used?

A sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surface of the back teeth, where the premolars and molars are located. These surfaces have deep ridges and grooves that can trap food particles and cause cavities. The sealant material bonds with the tooth’s enamel to create a protective barrier over the vulnerable areas. They can also be applied on the biting surfaces of the front teeth.

Most dentists recommend dental sealants for school age kids or younger teenagers, but adults can benefit from them, too! Many adult mouths are more cavity-prone than their parents were at the same age due to changes in eating habits and hygiene. Dr. Jennifer Nguyen can help you decide if a dental sealant is right for you or your child.

Are Dental Sealants Safe?

Yes, Dental Sealants are safe for children and adults of all ages. There are no known health risks with dental sealants and the procedure is completely non-invasive. We simply paint the sealant on your teeth and then harden it with a curing light. The sealant is already painted onto the grooves of your teeth so you don’t have to worry about consuming anything that may stain or discolor the sealant. With proper care, the dental sealant should last for several years before needing to be reapplied.

To schedule an appointment, call Legacy Dental Clinic in 4224 Gateway Blvd NW Edmonton, AB at (825) 467-8888 with Dr. Jennifer Nguyen!

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