Sealants are preventive dental surface coatings made from tooth-colored acrylic. They are applied to the occlusal grooves to cover them entirely, thereby keeping food residues and microbes from being deposited and accumulating in them. The use of dental sealants has been emphasized especially for children as they tend to consume a lot of sugary and sticky foods, putting them at a higher risk of developing cavities.
Why Use Dental Sealants?
The presence of occlusal grooves makes the molars and premolars the most susceptible to tooth decay. Although the grooves look wide enough to fit only a single toothbrush bristle each, they can house thousands of harmful bacteria that release toxic substances while feeding on the food residues in the mouth. Also, when you eat sticky foods, they can easily get stuck in these grooves. Using dental sealants provides a fool-proof way to cover the occlusal grooves, keep food particles and bacteria from accumulating, and eliminates the risk of developing cavities.
What Are the Advantages of Sealants?
- Sealants are made from a biocompatible material that doesn't cause any adverse reactions to the tissues of the teeth.
- They provide excellent sealing properties that enable them to keep the microbes and food particles out of the grooves completely.
- They don’t affect or alter the natural bite of the patient if they are applied correctly.
- They are quite long-lasting, provided you practice good oral hygiene and your dentist regularly monitors their condition.
- They offer excellent durability even with regular biting and chewing food.
What Is the Procedure Involved?
The dentist will thoroughly screen the teeth to check for cavities and other oral concerns during the initial diagnosis. When the dentist determines that you can take a sealant, the sealant will be prepared by matching it with the color of your teeth. Then, the tooth that will be sealed is cleaned thoroughly and dried. It is kept dry by surrounding it with an absorbent material like cotton. Then the tooth will be roughened with an acid solution to help the sealant bond with the tooth. Then the sealant will be applied to the grooves of the molars and premolars, shaped accordingly, and hardened by a curing light. A bite test will be taken to ensure your natural bite isn't affected.
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