Dental sealants

dental sealants

Dental sealants are the plastic coatings which are placed on the surface of the permanent back teeth (molars and premolars) which is for chewing. It is performed to protect the teeth from decay.

What is the need to place the Dental Sealants on teeth?

The surface of the molar and premolar teeth has fissures which make them weak to rot. These fissures are very deep and sometimes tough to clean and also can be narrower for a single bristle of the toothbrush to enter the space and clean the tooth. Generally, plaque gathers in these places and attacks the teeth and gives chance to develop cavities.

How is it placed?

Initially, the surface of the tooth is cleaned thoroughly with a paste and a good quality rotating brush by the dentist. The tooth is washed and dried and later a solution which is acidic is placed on the fissured surface in seconds before getting it rinsed off. It creates a small microscopic area and a good rough surface to let the dental sealant be attached to the tooth.

After the tooth is dried the process of placing the liquid dental sealant is performed on the tooth and toughened. They are hardened with the use of a light which is applicable in the field of dental sealant and sets the tooth. Once the dental sealant is toughened, it becomes a hard plastic finish coating which makes you chew your food properly and enjoy every taste.

Authored By Dr.C.M.Bejoy Mony, M.D.S.

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