Painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth, dental sealants are a thin plastic coating used to prevent tooth decay. The dentist paints on a liquid sealant that quickly penetrates the grooves of the teeth and is “cured” (hardened) by an intense white light. This result in a bonded shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Applying the sealant is a simple and painless process that takes only a few minutes. First, the te teeth that are to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and each tooth is dried. Then, cotton or other absorbent material is put around the tooth to keep it dry.
An acid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them up, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried before the sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel. A special intense white light is used to help the sealant harden.
Since it might be hard to visualize, please refer to this video for the process of applying sealants.
This is a fee estimate & subject to change. Please check with your clinician for an exact fee based on your unique clinical condition.
|Dental Sealant||55 per tooth|
Dental sealants are often used as a way to protect teeth from elements that can contribute to tooth decay. In addition, dental sealants are especially useful for children when applied during their cavity-prone years of 6 to 14. At this age, the chewing surface of the tooth erupts.
Baby teeth play an important role in holding the correct spacing for permanent teeth. When a child’s baby teeth has a deep depression and grooves, your dentist might recommend dental sealants to help protect the baby teeth from being lost too early.
Sealants can also be used for older children and even adults if their teeth have grooves or show signs of imminent decay.