Dental sealants are very good at their job – keeping kids and adults from developing cavities in the deep grooves and crevices of their molars. Dental sealants are a thin, protective layer that is applied directly to the chewing surface of your molars. When applied correctly, these sealants, along with proper daily brushing and flossing, can prevent many potential cavities from forming. In the long run, dental sealants can save you both time and money by preventing dental problems and helping you avoid major dental procedures like root canals, fillings and more.
Here’s what to expect when you head to the dentist’s office for dental sealants:
- First, your dentist will make sure that your tooth is clean and dry.
- Next, a special gel is applied to the tooth for a few seconds that roughs up the tooth a bit so that the sealant sticks better.
- Once the gel is rinsed away and your tooth is dry again, the sealant will be applied to your tooth.
- A special blue light finishes the job by hardening the sealant quickly.
Dental sealants are quick to apply and painless. Once they are on your teeth, your dentist will check them regularly at your dental exams to make sure they aren’t damaged or compromised. They usually last several years and can be a great investment in your personal dental health and the dental health of your children. If you have any other questions about dental sealants, be sure to check in with your dentist at your next appointment.