A sealant is a thin coating applied to the top surface of molars and any deep pits and fissures of teeth. More than three-fourths of dental caries begin in these deep pits and fissures. Teeth with these anatomic grooves are not easy to clean and are extremely susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep fissures, creating an easy-to-clean and smooth surface.
Sealants can protect teeth from decay in Brooklyn, NY long term but need to be checked regularly for wear and chipping at bi-annual dental checkups. If the sealant is chipped or worn out, it can be repaired or replaced easily.
Reasons for sealants:
Occasionally done if deciduous teeth have unusually deep fissures or depressions and if the patient is susceptible to cavities.
Children and teenagers
When the first adult molars (the first permanent back teeth) emerge or any time during the cavity-prone years of six to sixteen.
Tooth without decay that have deep fissures or depressions.
How are sealants done?
Sealants are easily applied by your dentist in Brooklyn, NY, or a dental hygienist and the process takes only a few minutes per tooth.
The teeth to be sealed are cleaned and then cushioned with cotton to keep the area dry. The etch and bond solution is applied to the groove to help the sealant bond to the teeth. Then the teeth are rinsed and dried. Liquid sealant material is painted onto the occlusal surfaces to cover the deep pits and fissures or depressions. Depending on which type of sealant is applied, the liquid material will either harden automatically or cured with a special curing light.
Brooklyn Dentist offers sealants in Brooklyn, NY for patients in Fort Greene, Park Slope, Crown Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, and other neighborhoods. Regular dental checkups, a balanced diet, and proper home care will aid in the longevity of your sealants.