Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are painted over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This special dental coating establishes a protective barrier to prevent the teeth from trapping harmful bacteria and plaque and also makes them easier to clean.
The molars and premolars are particularly vulnerable to deterioration and decay due to their anatomical structure. The grooves and depressions on the chewing surfaces can trap bacteria, and it can be hard for the bristles of your toothbrush to clean it all out. Sealants are most commonly used for children, as their back teeth are more susceptible to trapping bacteria, but they can also be effective for adults who are at a high risk of decay.
The process for applying sealants is painless, quick and can usually be completed during a regular dental checkup. The first step involves thoroughly cleaning the tooth that will be sealed. It is critical that no bacteria, decay or food materials are left, so they do not become trapped underneath the sealants. Next, the outer surfaces of the tooth must be slightly roughened with an etching gel. This allows the sealant coating to bond more easily.
After the tooth is allowed to dry, the sealant will be carefully applied. A special light may be used to accelerate the bonding process, and after checking your bite, you can resume speaking and eating as you would normally.
If you would like to protect your back teeth from decay or damage, dental sealants may be the answer. Please give our dental office a call at (817) 406-1620 to schedule an appointment.