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Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants services offered in Bayonne, Plainfield, Elizabeth and Jersey City, NJ

While the process of brushing and flossing is effective in removing food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of teeth, it may not reach the intricate spaces of the posterior teeth, leading to the accumulation of buildup. This is where dental sealants play a vital role by offering a protective shield for these vulnerable areas. They establish a barrier that efficiently prevents plaque and food buildup, effectively halting the onset of tooth decay.

Introduction to Dental Sealants

Dental sealants consist of thin layers of plastic that are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth, with a particular focus on the back teeth, also known as premolars and molars. The intention is to offer defense against tooth decay. These sealants adhere to the natural grooves and recesses of teeth, forming a sturdy barrier that shields the outer enamel layer of the teeth.

Composition of Dental Sealants

Manufacturers utilize various materials, often of medical-grade quality, in the formulation of dental sealants:

Resins, derived from either plants or synthetically produced sources.

Glass ionomers, which are a combination of powdered glass and a water-soluble acid.

Who Can Benefit from Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants offer notable advantages, particularly for children and teenagers who are more susceptible to developing cavities in the fissures and crevices of their posterior teeth. Nevertheless, even adults with healthy rear teeth that are free from decay or fillings can experience benefits from the application of dental sealants.

The Application Process of Dental Sealants

Receiving dental sealants is a swift and painless procedure. Dental professionals, including dentists and hygienists, can promptly apply sealants to teeth within a matter of minutes. The process entails the following steps:

Thoroughly cleaning the teeth.

Drying the teeth and placing a small piece of cotton gauze to maintain a dry surface.

Applying a specialized solution to the chewing surfaces of the teeth, enhancing adhesion by roughening the surfaces.

Rinsing and further drying of the teeth.

Applying the sealant material onto the tooth enamel, forming a durable connection.

Using a specific light to harden the sealant material, reinforcing its strength.

Benefits of Dental Sealants

Protection against Cavities: Sealants act as a barrier against cavity formation.

Reduction of Deep Grooves: They smooth out rough surfaces, minimizing the formation of cavities.

Quick and Painless Procedure: Applying sealants is a swift and comfortable process.

Long-lasting Effects: Sealants provide extended protection once applied.

Potential Cost Savings: By preventing cavities, sealants can help you avoid costly future dental treatments.

Analogous to raincoats shielding against weather, dental sealants function as protective armor for your teeth. Just as a raincoat safeguards you from the elements, sealants shield your teeth from harmful bacteria that contribute to oral issues. While not flawless, sealants significantly decrease the likelihood of cavities, promoting sturdy and healthy teeth and gums.