The Protective Shield: Dental Sealants
Dental sealants act as a protective shield against decay-causing bacteria. At Rosemont Dental Center, we recommend sealants as a preventive measure, especially for those hard-to-reach areas in the mouth.
Why Consider Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars). They:
- Protect grooves and depressions from food particles and plaque.
- Reduce the risk of cavities.
- Complement regular dental cleanings and oral hygiene practices for comprehensive protection.
Who Can Benefit from Dental Sealants?
While children and teenagers are the primary candidates – as they are in the cavity-prone years – adults without fillings or decay in their molars can also benefit. It's a preventive approach suitable for various age groups.
The Dental Sealant Application Process
The process is quick, painless, and effective. After cleaning the tooth surface, a gel is applied to help the sealant bond to the tooth. The gel is then rinsed off, the tooth dried, and the sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel. It bonds directly to the tooth and hardens, often with the help of a curing light.