What is a Sealant?
A sealant is a thin, flow able BPA free resin that is placed in the deep grooves and pits of the chewing surfaces of the molars. The sealant forms a smooth, protective barrier by sealing all the little grooves and pits in the chewing surface of the teeth. This is a non-invasive procedure which requires no drilling or freezing. Placing sealants on teeth are a positive, easy preventive intervention to avoid necessary restorative work with a Dentist when a cavity develops.
Why are Pit & Fissure Sealants Needed?
The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth that contributes to dental decay. Placing sealants on “baby” teeth that have deep pits can be beneficial to avoid cavities. Sealants are often typically applied as soon as the first permanent teeth are fully through the gums. This is usually between 6 and 7 years of age. The second molars are sealed as well which can be any time between 11 and 14 years of age.
How are Sealants placed on my tooth?
The tooth is first cleaned to ensure it is free from plaque. The area is kept dry with either cotton rolls, gauze & other isolation techniques. The tooth is prepared with etch to help the sealant material adhere to the surface. The tooth is rinsed off and dried. Finally the sealant is brushed on and hardened with a blue curing light.
How long can I expect the procedure to take?
On average the total time per sealant is around 5-10 minutes. At the end the sealants are checked to ensure excellent outcome/adhesion and any necessary adjustments are performed.
What are the disadvantages of going without Sealants?
- Newly erupted teeth are susceptible to decay/cavities within two years after coming through the gums.
- The bristles of the tooth brush cannot clean into the deep pits and grooves of the teeth. Bacteria is left on the surface and in turn provides acid that can cause decay.
COST: Sealants $20.00 / per tooth