Sealants and Dental Health – ABC Kids Dental Group
Sealants for dental use are a light plastic coating that is applied to teeth’s chewing surface teeth , typically the teeth that are behind (the premolars and the molars) to stop tooth decay. The sealant bonds quickly to the grooves and depressions of the teeth, creating an ointment that protects the tooth’s enamel.
While thorough flossing and brushing can eliminate plaque and food particles from the dental surfaces However, they can’t always be able to reach all the crevices and crevices of back teeth to get rid of the plaque and food particles. Sealants shield these places from dental decay “sealing out” food and plaque.
Who Should Use Sealants?
Due to the risk of decay developing in the grooves and depressions of the molars as well as the premolars Children and teens are ideal candidates for sealants. However, adults who do not have decay or fillings on their molars also can benefit from sealants.
Typically, children need sealants for their permanent teeth, molars, and premolars as early they begin getting their permanent teeth. This way the sealants will safeguard teeth during the cavities-prone years between 6-14.
In certain instances dental sealants can be appropriate for infant teeth, for instance, if teeth of a baby are characterized by deep grooves and depressions. Because baby teeth play such an vital roles in maintaining the proper spacing to support permanent teeth it is crucial to maintain the health of these teeth to ensure that they don’t fall out before too long.
How do Sealants are applied?
Sealants are a simple and effortless procedure. It takes just about a minute for the dentist, or your hygienist apply the sealant to every tooth. The steps to apply the sealant are like this:
1.The teeth that are being sealed cleaned.
2.Each tooth is dried and then cotton or another absorbent material is then placed on top of the tooth to ensure it is dry.
3.An acid solution is placed onto the surfaces of chewing of teeth to make them rougher and help the sealant adhere with the tooth.
4.The teeth are rinsed and dried.
5.The sealant is then sprayed onto the tooth enamel, and it is bonded directly to the tooth enamel and then is then cured. Sometimes, a specific light used for curing is used to aid in the hardening of the sealant.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants can shield tooth decay as long as 10 years, however they must be examined for wear or chipping during regular dental examinations. The dentist may change sealants if needed.