Protect Your Teeth With Sealants

Protect Your Teeth With Sealants

What is a sealant?
A sealant is a plastic material (resin) applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth. The resin flows into the pits and grooves in the teeth. Once they are covered, food and plaque cannot get in. The sealant forms a barrier against acid attacks.


How are sealants applied?
The teeth are cleaned and the chewing surfaces are prepared to help the sealant stick to the teeth. The sealant is painted onto the chewing surface where it bonds to the tooth and hardens. A special light is used to help the sealant harden. It usually takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants may last several years before they need to be reapplied. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the sealants and reapply them if needed.







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