Sealants help to make teeth that have deep grooves (commonly referred to as fissures and pits) smoother and easier to clean. A sealant is a plastic coating that’s very thin, and is applied to the chewing surface of teeth. They can help protect teeth from decay for many years, but should be checked regularly to ensure that they are in good shape.
- The application of sealants only takes a couple of minutes per tooth, and can be done by your dentist or dental hygienist.
- The procedure is very straightforward. The teeth that are to be sealed are cleaned thoroughly, and cotton bud is placed on the teeth to keep the area dry. A solution is applied to the surface of the teeth (the enamel surface) to enable the sealant to bond to your teeth. After being rinsed and dried, the enamel surface of the teeth are painted with the sealant material, and the sealant is either allowed to harden on its own, or by exposing it to a special light, which cures the sealant.