The sealant is a thin coating applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent further tooth decay. The coating forms a protective shield over the enamel by bonding to the grooves in teeth.
What is it?
A thin plastic coating that helps prevent tooth decay. The sealant is typically painted on teeth and bonds into the grooves of the teeth to form a protective layer over the enamel. Molars and back teeth are more vulnerable to wear and tear because of chewing and the mechanical breakdown of food, which makes the use of sealant much more prevalent on these teeth.
What should I do to prepare?
There are no special preparations required for this procedure. It is recommended to practice and maintain healthy oral hygiene habits.
What happens during the process?
The process is relatively short and takes only a few minutes to seal a tooth. The teeth are first cleaned and dried off thoroughly. Acid is then added to roughen up the chewing surfaces, which assists in binding. The teeth are rinsed off and dried again, and the sealant is painted onto the enamel. A curing light completes the process by hardening the sealant.
What are the risks and potential complications?
There are minimal risks and complications accompanying sealant procedures. Sealants protect dental decay for up to 10 years, but sealants can chip and crack over time. Dentists can replace sealants, so it is suggested that they are checked during routine dental visits.
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