What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a safe and painless way of protecting your teeth from decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating, which is applied to the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent back teeth to help protect them from bacteria and acids that contribute to tooth decay. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny depressions and grooves in the teeth and causing decay.

Which teeth need sealing and why?

Although brushing and flossing removes most of the plaque and bacteria on the surfaces of the teeth, the bristles of the brush sometimes do not reach the deep depressions and grooves present on your teeth. The bacteria then tend to settle down in these grooves and multiply in number causing dental decay. This deep pits and fissures are almost always seen in the back teeth – molars and premolars. The dental sealants form a hard layer over these vulnerable grooves hence preventing the further growth of old bacteria and the ingress of new bacteria into the grooves.

What does the procedure involve?

The sealing process is usually quick and straightforward, taking only a few minutes for each tooth. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, prepared with a special solution, and dried. The liquid sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard – usually by shining a bright blue light onto it. This procedure non-invasive and totally painless. It doesn’t require an anaesthetic shot in most cases. This procedure is most recommended for newly erupted teeth.

Visit your dentist at Dr Ehab’s dental clinic and find out if your teeth are vulnerable to decay get them sealed today! Keep smiling !