In some situations, a dentist may decide that a sealant is the best option for their patient. This usually occurs when the dental problems include pits, fissures, or deep grooves, and only the plastic coating that a sealant offers will be able to keep the tooth clean and secure, otherwise bacteria could get in. These problem areas are often ignored, but when a sealant is applied then the patient will have a smooth surface that decay cannot enter. Although sealants can last for years, regular check ups with your dentist will ensure that it remains in the best condition.
Anyone of any age can receive a sealant from their dentist, right from babies who are prone to cavities, to children when they are growing their first adult tooth. Some adults will need a sealant as well, to prevent them from needing to think about dentures prematurely. Although a sealant performs an important function, it is actually a very simple piece of technology, and it only takes a few minutes for a well trained dentist to be able to apply it to their patient. This is especially good news for patients that require sealant on multiple teeth!
After they have been expertly cleaned – usually by a hygienist – cotton will be used to dry them off. Then a solution is applied to the enamel, which as it dries will naturally mould to the shape of your teeth, filling in all of those gaps and leaving a smooth and clear surface across your tooth. Then all you need to do is rinse out your mouth, dry it off, and have the sealant painted on. Some dentists will use a special light to dry off the sealant, but it can dry off naturally if that is what you and your dentist decide is best.