Sealants are designed to fill the deep pits and grooves of your molars, which are uniquely susceptible to caries because they’re known to trap food particles in these areas of the teeth.
When bacteria become trapped in this way, it’s often a recipe for cavities, so the sealants protect the tooth from caries altogether.
WHICH TEETH ARE SUITABLE FOR SEALANTS?
Permananent molars in the back are the most suitable for sealant placement. At the age of 6 is when childrens 1st molars are present. 2nd molars appear at the age of 12.
HOW ARE SEALANTS APPLIED?
First you polish the surface of the tooth to remove plaque and food debris from the pit and fissure surfaces. Next the dentist will isolate and dry the tooth. Then etch the surface of the tooth, rinse off the etching material and dry the tooth. The dentist will then apply the sealant material to the surface of the tooth with a brush; use a self curing light for 30 seconds, and then the sealant will be bonded on the surface of the tooth.
ARE SEALANTS VISIBLE?
Sealants can only be seen up close by a dentist. They can have various colors such as gray, white, but overall is not noticeable when a child speaks or eats.
HOW LONG WILL SEALANTS LAST?
Once sealants have been applied properly, then sealants can last for up to 5-10 years with proper care.