Dental sealants are acrylic surface applicants used to cover the minute grooves present on the surface of molars and premolars. They help seal off these grooves completely, thereby keeping them from accumulating microbes or food residues. They are simple, effective, and fool-proof means to prevent cavities.
Why Should You Get Dental Sealants?
- Sealants are made from a biocompatible material, which keeps them from causing any adverse reactions with the tissues of the teeth.
- Sealants can be customized to match the color of your natural enamel, thus keeping them indistinguishable.
- They offer excellent durability, which keeps them highly resistant to wear when you chew food.
- Sealants provide outstanding sealing properties near the edges, which helps to keep the microbes from entering the occlusal grooves.
- Getting sealants is quite simple, and it takes no more than a single visit to the dentist’s practice.
- Their rate of expansion and contraction is similar to that of the enamel, keeping them from cracking or damaging the tooth.
- Since sealants shut off the grooves completely, they are highly effective at preventing tooth decay.
How are Sealants Placed?
The dentist will screen your mouth thoroughly to check for signs of tooth decay, especially on the molars and premolars. It will help us determine your candidacy for sealants. If we spot any cavities or tartar deposits on the teeth, they will be removed using an ultrasonic scaling procedure. The microbial residues and removed debris will be washed off using a jet of water.
The dentist will then prepare the sealant by matching it with the color of your teeth to make sure it doesn’t stand out in appearance. The surface of the teeth will be etched using an etching liquid to ensure its surface is rough. This allows the sealant to adhere well to the teeth and keeps them from getting displaced. The sealant will be applied to the teeth and shaped meticulously. It will be polished to enhance its aesthetics, and a bite test will ensure the sealant isn’t affecting your natural bite.
We request you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (435) 713-0096 or reach out through online consultation, and we’ll be happy to help.