What are Dental Sealants?
Tooth decay is so much more than an unsightly appearance. It can be seriously damaging to the teeth, leading to oral problems down the road if not taken care of proactively. That’s where dental sealants come in, to protect teeth from decay—specifically the molars and premolars at the back of the mouth.
What Are Dental Sealants Made of and How are They Applied?
Dental sealants are a special plastic coating that Dr. Bateson brushes onto the surface of the molars and premolars. The teeth are prepped for the process (which is quick and painless) with a thorough cleaning and plaque removal. The surface of the tooth is slightly etched, then this material is removed and the tooth is dried completely so the dental sealant sticks. The dental sealant is then applied and bonded to the tooth with a light. You won’t feel a thing.
Why Are Only the Molars and Premolars Treated with Dental Sealant?
We treat these particular teeth because the back teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay. The grooves and fissures within these teeth are harder to clean than the front teeth which have a smoother surface. Plaque and bacteria can settle deep into these grooves and fissures, potentially leading to tooth decay. By applying a dental sealant, the chances of getting cavities is reduced dramatically – up to 86 percent.
Do I Need to Do Anything Special After the Dental Sealant is Applied?
Proceed with your normal brushing and flossing routine and use a fluoridated toothpaste for extra protection. Dr. Bateson will consult you if/when you may need a touch up in the future.