Although thorough brushing and flossing does an excellent job of removing food particles and plaque from in and around the surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into every nook and cranny. Sealants protect those vulnerable areas that are difficult to reach. Sealants are a thin coating applied to the surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. The liquid quickly and easily bonds into the grooves of teeth to form a protective coating.
How are sealants applied?
- The teeth are thoroughly cleaned.
- Each tooth is dried and and absorbent material is placed around the tooth
- An etching solution is put on the surface to help the sealant bond to the teeth
- The teeth are then rinsed and dried.
- Sealant is applied to the tooth enamel. A special light is used to help the sealant bond and harden directly to the tooth.