DENTAL SEALANTS

WHAT ARE DENTAL SEALANTS?

Sealants are a thin coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth — usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) — to prevent tooth decay. The painted on liquid sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.

HOW ARE DENTAL SEALANTS APPLIED?

It bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. Sometimes your dentist will use a special curing light to help the sealant harden. Sealant treatment is painless and takes anywhere from five to 45 minutes to apply, depending on how many teethneed to be sealed. Sealants must be applied properly for good retention.

WHAT DOES SEALING MEAN IN DENTISTRY?

Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth — usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) — to prevent tooth decay. … Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by “sealing out” plaque and food.

HOW LONG ARE SEALANTS SUPPOSE TO LAST?

Sealants can last up to 10 years. But they need to be checked at regular dental check-ups to make sure they are not chipped or worn away. The dentist or dental hygienist can repair sealants by adding more sealant material.