What are Sealants?

What are Sealants?

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A sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This plastic resin bonds into the pits and fissures of the chewing surfaces, and acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque, food and acids.

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Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply, and it takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth.

  • First the teeth are cleaned and an acid solution is used to help the sealant adhere to the tooth.

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The sealant is then ‘painted’ onto the tooth enamel and a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden.

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As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and usually last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.

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