Dental sealants are applied over a person’s back teeth as a way of establishing a barrier against harmful bacteria and acids. They consist of a thin layer of acrylic that can be quickly painted over the surface of the teeth. Once applied, sealants will smooth out any rough surfaces that are present, making the teeth easier to clean and maintain. The oral care experts at Advanced Lisle Dental recommend sealants to many patients who want to protect their teeth, while also making general upkeep and cleaning relatively easier.
Nearly 75 percent of all tooth decay exists within the deep grooves and fissures that are commonly found on a person’s back teeth. Even with correct brushing and flossing techniques, these areas can be particularly difficult to reach. By smoothing out these surfaces with dental sealants, we are able to help prevent cavities and protect the general health of the teeth overall. With proper care, a set of dental sealants should last for up to ten years.
A large number of patients who receive dental sealants are children and teens who are still developing proper brushing and flossing habits. Baby teeth are often great candidates for dental sealants since they often feature particularly deep grooves and fissures; however, many adults also receive dental sealants as a way of protecting their teeth from damage.
Dental sealants can be applied in just one visit to our practice, only requiring a couple of minutes per tooth. The process starts with cleaning and drying any tooth that is designated for treatment. Once the teeth are ready, we use an etching solution to roughen the outer surfaces of the teeth. This will help the acrylic sealant coating bond more easily.The sealant coating is then carefully painted onto the teeth, smoothing out any rough surfaces that are present. We then allow this substance to fully dry, and we make sure that all of the teeth have been completely sealed.
If you would like to learn more about how dental sealants can be used to protect your teeth, please call us at (630) 326-4060 to schedule an appointment.