Good day to all our fellow readers! Today we shall tackle the topic of dental sealants. Sealants are probably one of the least talked procedures performed out there. But they actually are very useful if the patient’s teeth are prone to cavities.
Questions such as: what are they? How is the process? How long do they last? Are they bad? All of that we will go through and answer right here!
What are sealants?
Sealants are essentially a thin plastic covering applied on top of the chewing surfaces of your teeth. They are used to seal and prevent decay from developing inside the tooth’s deep fissures.
This way, there is an extra layer of protection that will help you avoid damage to the tooth. And to clear any doubt off your mind:
- Sealants can be clear or tinted to mimic the color of your teeth.
- It does not affect chewing at all, you are even able to eat after the procedure.
- You still need to brush and take proper care of the teeth.
Why should I get sealants?
You see, it is totally normal for some molars and premolars to have deep pits and fissures in them. Due this, it is fairly easy to develop decay, as not even the toothbrush can correctly get to those places, especially in the back of your mouth.
Your dentist has to check your teeth and will let you know if you need one or more sealants to avoid complications.
Dental sealants can be applied to baby teeth as well as permanent teeth. It is not rare to have them applied as soon as the molars show up either. So if you are an adult or you are simply worried about your kid’s sweet tooth, then we strongly suggest you to consult it with a dentist.
How is the procedure like?
The procedure itself is rather simple:
- First, the tooth area is cleaned with a paste and a dental drill. This is to get rid of bacteria and plaque.
- It gets washed and rinsed with water, then dried.
- An acidic solution is placed to the fissure area to make microscopic openings for a rough surface. This is for the sealant to grasp to properly as opposed to a smooth surface. It also helps getting rid of any bacteria. The solution is applied for 20 to 60 seconds, then removed.
- The tooth is dried again and the sealant is applied over the rough tooth surface. The sealant can be liquid, where it is hardened with blue light. Other sealants are made by mixing two components which harden after a minute.
- And that is it! You will have to test your bite in case the sealant has to be corrected and not become a bother.
If the patient is cooperative and everything goes smoothly, it would take about 6 minutes total per tooth.
Remember you can contact us to get an appointment with one of our dentists in Los Algodones.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants can last up to 10 years, but keep in mind that they can chip or break through use. Your dentist will replace them if it is necessary.
Dental sealants have a bit of Bisphenol A (BPA) in them, yet it is still a really minuscule amount. Therefore it does not poses a threat. Even the air we breathe contains a hundred times more than what the sealants yield!
With that out of the way, we hope that we have eased up your worries regarding sealants. We wish you a great day!