is a thin coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
When to place sealants and which tooth?
Sealants are recommended for newly erupted molars and premolars.
- Teeth will be cleaned thoroughly.
- Each tooth is dried with cotton or gauze.
- An acid solution is placed on the grooves of the teeth to roughen the area, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth.
- The teeth are then rinsed and air dried.
- Sealant is then painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. A special light curing machine is used to help the sealant harden.
In some cases, tooth sealants need to be reapplied since they can break. Regular visits to your dentist for a general check-up are necessary for reapplication and to maintain good oral health.