Dental Sealants

Dental sealants act as a plastic barrier to keep bacteria and food debris out of the deep grooves and pitted areas on premolars and molars. The tooth is first cleaned and dried and then an acid solution is used to roughen the surface so the sealant will adhere better. Saliva is then rinsed off and the tooth is dried again.


Prevents Cavities

Although brushing and flossing are the best ways to prevent tooth decay, some nooks and crannies on the chewing surfaces of back teeth (molars) are hard to reach with a toothbrush. These grooves are called pits and fissures, and they can harbor bacteria that lead to cavities. Sealants are a great way to protect these vulnerable areas, especially for children.

When applied to a tooth, sealants form a thin coating that fills in the grooves, shielding them from plaque and bacteria. With the help of a special curing light, sealants bond and harden to the surface of the tooth, creating a barrier that is much more difficult for food debris and bacteria to penetrate. With proper oral hygiene, sealants can last for years.

Dental sealants are typically recommended for kids as a preventive measure, but they can be beneficial for adults as well. Our dentists at Modern Essence Dentistry will evaluate your teeth to see if they would benefit from this protective treatment.

During the procedure, our dentists will clean and dry your tooth before applying an acidic gel to the surface of the tooth. This gel roughens up the tooth, which allows for a stronger bond with the sealant. Then, the tooth is rinsed and dried again before the liquid sealant is painted onto the tooth and cured with a blue light.

Prevents Stains

Sealants provide a physical barricade to the pits and fissures of your teeth, inhibiting food particles from getting trapped and bacteria from growing. They also make it easier for your saliva and toothbrush to get in between the cracks and grooves.

A dental sealant is a thin plastic resin material that is “painted” on the chewing surfaces of your permanent back teeth (premolars and molars) to fill in the depressions and grooves, creating a smooth surface that is more difficult for plaque to stick to. Children especially benefit from dental sealants, as they are more likely to listen to and follow instructions when they know a treatment is going to protect them from cavities.

The process of applying a dental sealant is quick, easy and painless. First, each tooth to be sealed is thoroughly cleaned and dried. Cotton or another absorbent material is then placed around each tooth to keep it dry throughout the remainder of the procedure. The chewing surfaces of each tooth are then treated with an acid solution (etch) to roughen them up, which encourages bonding to the very viscous sealant material. The teeth are rinsed, dried and then painted with the sealant to fill in the depressions and grooves.

While sealants do contain some BPA, the amount of BPA that enters your bloodstream after application is very low and not a major health concern. Additionally, modern ceramic-based dental sealants contain only monomers of BPA (like bis-DMA and bis-GMA) and are therefore considered safe.

Prevents Biting Into Food

Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are painted on the chewing surfaces of back teeth (molars and premolars). They act as a shield against food particles, plaque, and bacteria that can cause tooth decay. They also provide extra protection for these high-risk areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. In addition to brushing and flossing, sealing these grooves is one of the best ways to prevent cavities for children and adults.

The best candidates for dental sealants are children and teenagers who have yet to develop any cavities in their molars or premolars. However, adults without any existing cavities in these areas are also candidates for the treatment. Before applying the sealants, the dentist will thoroughly clean and dry the chewing surfaces of the teeth to ensure that the etching solution and sealant bond properly. A piece of cotton gauze is then placed over the affected area to keep saliva from contaminating the teeth while they are sealed. Once the chewing surfaces are isolated, the dentist will paint on the sealant material in the pits and grooves of the teeth. A curing light is then used to harden the plastic.

Once cured, the dental sealants will feel and function like natural teeth. They do not require any changes in diet or oral hygiene habits. Patients should maintain good oral hygiene and visit their dentist for regular cleanings to see if the sealants need to be replaced or repaired.

Prevents Cavity Recurrence

Back teeth are more prone to decay than front teeth because the chewing surfaces have pits and fissures that can trap food, allowing germs to grow and make acids. These acids eat away at the tooth, causing a cavity (hole). Sealants are plastic coatings that we paint on molars and pre-molars to help prevent this.

It is better to prevent cavities than to repair them. Although we are happy to restore a damaged tooth with filling or crown, it is always easier, faster and less costly to prevent decay in the first place.

Dental sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth after their permanent molars come in, but can be used on adults’ teeth as well. It is more common to seal permanent molars rather than baby teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and we will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.

The application of sealants is a quick, painless process. We start by cleaning and drying the tooth. A thick liquid is then placed on the tooth and a brush or syringe-like applicator is used to fill the grooves with the sealant. After the tooth is dry, the sealant is hardened with a special curing light. The sealant should last a long time, but we will check it at your regular recall appointments and re-apply it as needed.