The biting surfaces of our back teeth are perfect spots for decay to foster. This is because they have pits and grooves which can trap food particles and bacteria. Your toothbrush cannot always reach these places, and this can lead to cavities and decay.
Sealants are a thin, invisible coating made of plastic material that is painted on the chewing surfaces our back teeth to prevent cavities. They are mostly used for children but are effective on adult teeth as well. The use of sealants can reduce the chances of tooth decay by up to 70 percent, preventing the need for expensive restorative treatments and allowing you to save the health of your natural teeth. They are long-lasting and can protect teeth for many years.
The application of dental sealants to the teeth is a simple process. First, the teeth are examined for any signs of cavities. If found, they are removed and then the teeth are cleaned and dried. An etching gel is used to further roughen up the tooth surface; this enables the sealant to bond properly once it dries. The etching gel is then washed off, the tooth is dried again, and the sealant material is painted on to the teeth. Once the sealant has dried, we confirm all the grooves and fissures have been properly sealed.
It is crucial that you brush and floss properly and visit our practice for routine examinations and professional cleanings so that we can check your sealants for wear and tear.