Tooth sealants are sometimes referred to as dental sealants, and are applied to tooth surfaces, particularly back teeth, to prevent tooth decay that erodes outer tooth enamel and dentin. By sealing the outer tooth surface with thin plastic coatings, food debris is less likely to become trapped in tooth grooves and infection-causing bacteria is kept at bay.
Use of Tooth Sealants
City of London dentists may use dental sealants to coat permanent molars used for heavy chewing, and to seal tooth sockets after root canal treatment. Tooth sealant is often applied to children’s teeth as they develop to prevent the onset of tooth decay. Generally, tooth sealant does not contain Fluoride to eliminate decay but blocks out decay-causing bacteria through sealing spaces in the tooth surface where plaque may build up attracting excessive bacterial growth.
Not using tooth sealant to seal tooth surface ridges and spaces between teeth may lead to the colonisation of bacteria that release enamel-eroding acid, exposing inner dental pulp to infection. Tooth sealants prevent oral disease and protect dental health.
Tooth Sealant Procedure
Tooth sealant application is non-invasive. Teeth are cleaned before dental sealant is painted onto tooth surface, thereafter, the tooth sealant may be hardened with a curing light for fast and durable results. The sealant forms a protective coating over the tooth to shield it from erosion and damage.
Tooth Sealant Appearance
Thinly-designed to blend in with the natural tooth shade and texture, tooth sealants are usually clear or white so that they remain unseen by others while sealing and smoothing tooth surface.
Tooth Sealant Durability
Dental sealant is produced to prevent permanent damage to teeth and lasts between five and ten years. Easily re-applied if necessary during regular dental check-up, dental sealants save time and money on dental treatments in the long run.