Dental sealants! What are they?A dental sealant is a thin coating made from a polymer. The coating is often painted on the surface of a tooth at the back of the mouth until the coating thoroughly covers the tooth. Sealants are rather easy to apply and for that reason, the procedure can be done in school clinics or an averagely equipped dental clinic. Sealants come in a liquid form, but upon application, they harden to form a strong shield over the tooth. The application process is painless which makes it child-friendly.
How Long Do Sealants Last?When appropriately applied, dental sealants can last up to 10 years. Sealants should be regularly checked to ensure their integrity and durability. It is therefore essential to have regular dental check-ups. This way, cracked or chipped sealants are restored before they wear out completely. Dentists repair chipped sealant by applying a new layer on the affected tooth. It has been established that dental sealants reduce the possibility of getting cavities and decay in the first two years after application by 80 percent. As the sealant ages, it continues to protect the teeth by reducing the odds of getting cavities and decay for five to eight years. Dentists recommend a new application of sealant after 10 years.
How is the sealant applied?The application of a dental sealant is a seamless procedure, but it requires a professional to do the task all the same. This is the process dentists use to apply sealant on a tooth.
Step 1:Clean the tooth thoroughly to remove any particles all around the tooth.
Step 2:Rinse the tooth with clean water and dry it. The tooth is dried using cotton that is put around it to absorb all the moisture.
Step 3:Since the sealant sticks better on a rough surface, a coarse paste is applied to the tooth to create a rough texture on the tooth surface. The paste is left to dry out around the tooth.
Step 4:When the rough paste dries out, the tooth is washed and rinsed again using distilled water and dried out using cotton. If the sealant is applied on a wet surface, its integrity is compromised.
Step 5:The sealant, which is in the form of a liquid, is applied over the surface of the tooth.
Step 6:The dentist leaves the sealant to dry completely for a few seconds, creating a shield over the tooth. Set up a consultation with one of our dentists to learn more about dental sealants.
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