Consisting of a thin layer of acrylic that is applied to a person’s back molars, dental sealants are very effective in preventing the occurrence of cavities and tooth decay. They are designed to smooth out the deep grooves and fissures found on one’s back teeth, making them easier to clean and maintain. Sealants also work to block harmful and bacteria and acids from accessing and causing damage to teeth.
Nearly 75 percent of all tooth decay is found inside the deep grooves and fissures located on a person’s back teeth. These areas are very difficult to reach, even with proper brushing and flossing practices. By smoothing out these surfaces, a person’s back teeth become much easier to maintain. If dental sealants are cared for properly, they should remain intact for many years.
Children and teenagers are often great candidates for dental sealants since they are still developing proper brushing and flossing habits. Baby teeth can experience major benefits from dental sealants since they typically feature deep grooves and fissures; however, many adults also benefit from dental sealants since they protect the teeth and make them easier to clean.
Receiving Dental Sealants
A patient can receive dental sealants in just one visit. The process only requires a couple of minutes per tooth. The first step is to dry and clean any tooth that is designated to be sealed. Using a cotton swab, the teeth are kept dry throughout the entire procedure. Next, the surface of each tooth is roughened using an etching solution. This allows the teeth to easily bond with the sealant material.
Once the teeth have been treated, the etching solution is rinsed off and the teeth are once again dried. Acrylic sealant coating is then painted onto the surface of the teeth and allowed to fully dry. The last step is to make sure that the teeth have been fully sealed and that all of the deep grooves and fissures have been completely sealed.
If you would like to receive more information about dental sealants, please call us at (973) 282-8277 to schedule an appointment.