Dental sealants are a preventive treatment which consists of the application of a “sealant” paste of the color of the tooth. It is applied to the surface of certain teeth considered to be more vulnerable to damage over time and can assist in good oral health. Often used in adolescent or earlier ages, adult molars, as opposed to primary or deciduous teeth, are the teeth that most often require this correction. The configuration of these having cracks and hollows more marked than their neighbors, the effective brushing of these corners is more difficult. Thus, bacteria and food fragments can remain lodged there, major factors of gingivitis or other dental issues that can arise.
How does it work?
When your dentist has identified one or more teeth that can easily be attacked by decay, deep cleaning is first required. Then, the sealant is applied in the hollows and cracks considered vulnerable, in order to create a more flat surface, which will facilitate the brushing. The sealant is a transparent liquid resin which aims to curb the spread of microbes and the accumulation of food debris in pits and holes. In addition to protecting tooth enamel, the sealant is painless, long-lasting and conforms to the shape of your teeth perfectly. Combined with good hygiene, dental sealant is a highly effective solution to prevent cavities as early as possible, without any local anesthesia. It is also known that if the tooth is healthy when the sealant is applied, it can protect the tooth up to twice the risk of developing cavities.
Are sealants safe?
Yes. And not only are they safe but have proven benefits, as we have already discussed. In fact it is also a simple and easy procedure, which includes these advantages:
- The dental sealant is an aesthetic option, white in color and practically invisible in the mouth
- Once installed, the sealant lasts several years (between 3 and 10 years) and can last even longer with good maintenance
- This procedure is very simple, fast and economical
- No local anesthesia is necessary
- This is a 100% painless technique with proven benefits
Above all, keep in mind that preventing cavities and dental plaque with sealants is always less expensive than undergoing tooth restoration treatment. It is a good choice for many people and your dentist will be able to assist you with making the best decisions as well as answering any further queries you may have. In order to maximize your comfort and to facilitate brushing and flossing, the dentist will ensure that the entire covered surface is very soft with a good polishing. Consulting a professional allows you to smile to the fullest, without any cavities or bite problems. Aesthetic, simple, painless and inexpensive, dental pit and fissure sealer is the easiest way to protect your teeth or those of your child.