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Dental Sealants

Sealants are an excellent method of preventing decay on the chewing surfaces of newly erupted permanent back teeth in young children.

A dental sealant is a thin layer of resin that is applied in the pits and fissures (developmental grooves) of to premolars and molars. These deep grooves are difficult to clean with a toothbrush especially when the toothbrush is in the hands of a child. With a source of food present, bacteria can easily hide in pits and fissures and cause decay. Once decay is established, it must be restored by removing tooth structure and placing a restoration.

A dental sealant effectively seals out these bacteria and prevents decay from starting in the first place.

How are dental sealants applied?

  • Step 1: We check for decay, followed by pumice (a simple cleaning)
  • Step 2: We place a gel to roughen the tooth surface
  • Step 3: We apply a thin layer of sealant & set with a curing light. We then check the bite

Your child’s teeth need to last a lifetime. Dental Sealants are one of the easiest, most sensible, economical and preventive ways of preserving healthy teeth in young children. Sealants usually last for years, often into adulthood and closely resemble tooth colour.