Dental sealants are highly effective in preventing the occurrence of cavities and tooth decay on a child’s back molars. The treatment consists of sealing off the deep pits and fissures that are commonly found on back teeth. These areas are home to roughly 75 percent of all tooth decay, and they can be incredibly difficult to reach even with proper brushing and flossing techniques. By sealing these areas off and making them smooth, they become significantly easier to clean and maintain.
Sealants are comprised of a thin layer of plastic that is painted directly on a child’s teeth. The sealant will quickly bond into any depressions and grooves, and form a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
The process of applying dental sealants is very quick and easy, and it can be completed in just one visit. The first step is to thoroughly clean and dry any tooth that is designated for sealing. Next, an etching solution is used to roughen the surface of the teeth. This allows the teeth to easily bond with the acrylic coating. At this point, sealant will be painted directly on the surface of the teeth in a process that only takes a couple of minutes per tooth.