Dental sealants are thin coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay.
Dental sealants quickly bond into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective layer over the enamel of the tooth.
Who should get dental sealants?
Because of the probability of developing cavities in the depressions and grooves of their premolars and molars, children and teenagers are possible candidates for sealants.
Adults without cavities or fillings in their molars can also take advantage of dental sealants.
Typically, children should get dental sealants for their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth develop.
This way, the teeth are protected through the cavity-prone years.
In some cases, sealants may also be suitable for baby teeth, such as when a child’s baby teeth have deep holes and grooves.
Because the baby teeth play such a crucial role in holding the correct spacing for permanent teeth, it’s important to keep them healthy, so they are not lost too early.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
Even though brushing and flossing your teeth properly can remove food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into all the hard-to-reach areas to remove the food particles and plaque there.
Dental sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by sealing out plaque and food.
Dental Sealant Procedure
Applying sealants is a simple and painless process. It only takes a few minutes for your Deer Park dentist or hygienist to apply the sealant to seal each tooth.
The application steps are as follows:
- First, the teeth that are to be sealed are cleaned thoroughly.
- Each tooth is dried, and cotton or another absorbent material is put around the tooth to keep it dry.
- An acid solution is applied on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth.
- The teeth are then rinsed and dried.
- A sealant is then painted on the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. A special curing light is used to harden the sealant.
How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants can shield your teeth from decay for up to a decade, but they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at your regular dental check-ups.
Your Deer Park dentist can replace sealants as necessary.
Dental Sealants at Deer Park Dental Surgery
Deer Park Dental Surgery provides preventive dental treatments to ensure your oral health is in its optimum state. Our dental team offers the latest technology in preventive dentistry.
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To find out more about dental sealants or to book an appointment, call (03) 9360 4417 or come and visit us at T097A Brimbank Shopping Centre Neale Road in Deer Park.
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for HCF and NIB
We are located in a busy medical centre in Brimbank Shopping Centre with plenty of cafes and shops nearby.
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)