In simple language, a dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating which is painted on the surface of the tooth or teeth used for chewing purposes. These are usually used for the premolars and molars to make sure that tooth decay does not set in. The dental sealant fills into the grooves the inner spaces of the tooth or teeth to form a sort of a cover over the enamel portion of the tooth.
The real issue is that even with stringent brushing and flossing, sometimes, the food particles stuck in between the back teeth do not get cleaned up properly. Sealants come into use for these areas which are prone to dental infection by blocking out the food particles and subsequent plaque formation in these. Sealants are of much use for children and teenagers. Also, even adults who do not have tooth decay in their pearlies can make good use of this treatment.
Ideally speaking, children should get sealants in the permanent set of back teeth as quickly as is possible. This will help in taking care of their teeth during the years of six to fourteen when they are most likely to get cavities. At times, it is even advisable for milk teeth to have sealants placed on them so that these do not spoil during milk bottle feeding and other times when one can develop tooth decay.
Does the treatment involving sealants involve pain?
It is a misnomer that sealants treatment is a painful one which involves a degree of discomfort in it. Rather, the opposite is true. At the very most, it takes a few minutes to complete the procedure. First and foremost, the tooth or teeth which are to be sealed are cleaned up well. After this, each tooth is pat-dried, and a wad of cotton is placed around it. An acidic solution is used on the teeth, and this erodes the enamel by a bit, making the surface rough. This, in fact, will help in bonding the sealant onto the tooth. Rinsing and drying follow. The sealant is ‘painted,’ so to say, onto the tooth enamel and it links up with the tooth and becomes hard on the surface. At times, a specialized curing light may be made use of for making the sealant harden up.
Sealants can provide their protective covering for the teeth for even up to a decade. However, periodic checks on these are necessary to ensure that they are not chipped or broken. As and when needed, the sealant can also be re-applied. Several insurance companies take care of the financial burden levied by the sealant procedure. The dental insurance carrier will be able to give more information on these aspects if you wish to get this procedure done for yourself or anyone else as well. The important point to be noted is that dental care works well if one follows it up with good oral hygiene habits.
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