To protect teeth from decay, dentists often recommend dental sealants.
Dental sealants are generally placed on children’s teeth, although adults can receive sealants as well. Dental sealants are usually placed on the permanent back teeth and cover the chewing area of a tooth. If your child is receiving a dental sealant, their pediatric dentist can place the sealant on the teeth.
Back teeth are more susceptible to decay because they are more difficult to clean. Dental sealants offer a good way to help your child protect their teeth. If you or your child are receiving sealants and would like to know what the procedure involves, here is what you can expect.
Step 1: Preparing the Tooth
The teeth that will be receiving the dental sealants will be cleaned and washed off. Next, an acidic solution is applied to the chewing surface of the tooth and rinsed off. The acidic solution will create a rougher area on the tooth that makes the sealant attach easier.
Step 2: Placing the Dental Sealant
The dental sealant is a liquid material that will be set on the tooth. This material will be dried using a special light, or the sealant may contain an ingredient that will automatically dry.
You should still continue practicing proper dental hygiene even on teeth with dental sealants. Sealants help protect the tooth from decay but it is not a substitute for cleaning.