Dental sealants are made of a plastic material placed on the chewing surfaces of permanent molars to protect them from tooth decay. Although brushing, flossing and fluoride rinses help remove food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of teeth, the depressions and grooves of the back teeth cannot be fully reached or protected.
The doctors and the oral healthcare professionals at One Dental Care, located near you in Billerica, MA, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the procedure and the benefits of dental sealants.
Below are common questions asked of One Dental Care regarding dental sealants.
Plaque can accumulate in the depressions and grooves, called fissures, of the back teeth, some of which can be as narrower than a single brush bristle. These fissures are prevalent in permanent molars as they first erupt through the gumline. The sealants protect all chewing surfaces of the back molars by providing a smooth surface for efficient brushing, flossing and rinsing.
The first sealant is placed on the first of the permanent molars when completely erupted beyond the gum line. Sealants are continually applied as molars grow in, usually through the age of 13. Sealants on wisdom teeth are applied at the age of young adulthood.
Yes, although not as common. Usually adults obtaining dental sealants are at a high risk for caries, damaged areas of a tooth that develop into tiny holes. Sealants are only placed on permanent teeth with fissures and without fillings.
First, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned with a paste and a rotating brush. The teeth are then washed and dried. An acidic solution is placed within the fissures of the chewing surfaces and rinsed after a few seconds. This creates a microscopic rough surface, finer than the enamel, for the sealant to adhere.
When the teeth are again dry, the sealant is applied and hardened. The hardening process can either be with a light, or in a two-step process without a light.
Sealants have proven to last, and remain effective, for many years. It is also possible to replace sealants on teeth.
Yes. Sealants only protect the top surfaces of the back teeth. Fluoride protects all surfaces of all teeth.
If you would like a consultation for additional information on dental sealants, and a determination if sealants are right for you and family members, then please contact the oral healthcare professionals at One Dental Care, located in Billerica, where new patients are always welcome.
One Dental Care is trusted and highly recommended for the application of dental sealants, as well as all other treatments and procedures in general dentistry.