A Dental sealant is a thin, transparent plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surface of the permanent back teeth. They are intended to prevent harmful organisms from damaging and accessing the back teeth by serving as a protective shield for the tooth enamel. They also smooth out the surfaces of molars that have deep grooves and fissures for easier cleaning and maintenance. Along with regular hygiene, a dental sealant is a great way to protect your teeth from tooth decay. They also blend in with the color of your natural tooth, so aesthetics are not compromised for this procedure. While commonly used on children, patients of all ages can benefit from Dental Sealants.
Applying Dental Sealants
The process of applying dental sealants only takes a few minutes per tooth and can often be done during a regular checkup. The procedure starts by thoroughly cleaning and drying the tooth that is designated for sealing. Next, a solution is used to roughen the surface of the tooth so that the sealants can efficiently stick. The acrylic sealants are carefully painted on the deep grooves and fissures of the tooth and are then fully dried.
If you would like to learn more about dental sealants and their benefits, please contact us at (509) 293-5511 to book your appointment.