What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Children and teens usually suffer from tooth decay on these areas of the mouth. That is because molars have irregular surfaces with pits and grooves which tend to get food and bacteria stuck. Dental sealants flow into and coat these pits and grooves so that germs cannot multiply and cause decay.
The treatment in Mosman, Sydney
The dentist at Aussie Smile Dentistry will clean the area to remove any food or debris in and around the teeth. Then he will make sure the teeth are dry so that the sealant can stick. The sealant is applied in liquid form. It flows over and into the grooves and crevices. The sealant usually sets in 20-60 seconds. Sometimes it is set with a special light. We are specialists in this and we'll be able to make it all work like a charm!
Who can get dental sealants?
Children can get dental sealants on their permanent molars whenever the teeth come in. Other teeth also might need to be sealed.
In the case of teenagers and young adults who suffer from decay, they can also consider getting sealants.
How long do they last?
Dental Sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental check-ups. Your dentist at Aussie Smile Dentist in mosman can maintain you sealants and even replace them, if necessary!
If you have any questions about how Sealants can suit your needs, please do not hesitate to ask your dentist next time you visit us at Aussie Smile Dentist!