Dental Sealants Prevent Tooth Decay

Have you ever had a cavity? For anyone who has, they know it is at the least an inconvenience. However, if the cavity progresses, pain often follows! Therefore, it is always a good idea to take preventative measures! Can dental sealants prevent tooth decay? Find out here!

What are Sealants and What do They Do?

According to WebMD, “A Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth (usually the back teeth) – to prevent tooth decay.” Molars have deep pits and fissures on the biting surface which are hard to keep clean. Thus bacteria can build up and create decay. The sealant covers these pits and fissures so nothing can get trapped.

How Are Sealants Applied?

The process is very quick and is usually done by an assistant to the dentist.

  1. Each tooth that will be treated, is cleaned and dried thoroughly.
  2. An acid solution called Etchant is applied to the tooth’s surface and then washed away. The purpose of this step is to roughen the tooth’s surface in order for the sealant material to properly bond to the tooth.
  3. The teeth must be thoroughly dried again. Cotton materials will also usually be placed around the teeth to keep them dry.
  4. The sealant is then painted on.5. Finally a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden.

Should I Get Them?

Sealants are typically recommended as soon as a child’s first molars erupt and are entirely exposed. Sealants will be recommend for the rest of the molars as they erupt. This treatment is popular for kids since they are more prone to cavities but we also place sealants on adults! Schedule your next appointment at North County Dental Specialties and ask us if you should get dental sealants.(760) 233-5887