A Dental Sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the upper and lower back teeth; molar and pre-molars. These teeth usually have deep groves and can decay easily. Dental Sealants are used to help prevent tooth decay and protect these teeth.
Brushing and flossing removes most of the food particles and plaque and bacteria but many a times does not reach deep pits and grooves on the teeth giving way to tooth decay. In such cases, Dr. Kantarovich uses special flowable bonding materials to seal the deep groves and create a smooth surface thus protecting the tooth.
Children and teenagers are the most susceptible to decay especially if their oral hygiene is not maintained. Dental sealants can help protect their teeth during the cavity prone ages of 6-16.
Occasionally sealants are used on baby teeth for children with deep grooves. Sealants can also be used on adults who do not have any decay or filling.
Dr. Kantarovich uses a simple and painless process to apply the sealant to each tooth lasting just few minutes.
First, the teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned.
The teeth to be sealed are isolated are kept dry.
A tooth conditioner is applied to help bond the sealant to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried.
Finally, a flowable sealant resin material is applied to the enamel surfaces of the teeth where it bonds and hardens with a specialcuring light.
This way Dr. Kantarovich ensures all the deep groves and depressions are sealed thoroughly to protect the teeth from decay. Dental Sealants can last about ten or more years but need to be checked regularly for chipping, wear and tear.