Applying Dental Sealants
Putting Dental Sealants in Place
Sealants are one of the most easily performed preventative dental treatments. A single dentist appointment is all it takes to seal your teeth, and it's completely painless!
We start by cleaning and drying the teeth that will be sealed. To prevent moisture from gathering on the tooth, a dental assistant would usually wrap gauze or cotton around it. For the sealant material to attach correctly, the tooth must be clean and dry.
The chewing surface of the tooth is next treated with a weak acid. This will roughen the surface layer of the tooth's enamel, allowing the sealant material to bond to it more effectively. Before the sealant is applied, the tooth will be cleaned and dried one last time.
Dental sealant material is a plastic-like substance that is spread over the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This liquid material will sink into the nooks and crannies of the chewing surface and begin bonding to the tooth's enamel layer. Next, a ultraviolet curing light will be used to harden the sealant.
That concludes our summary. Your tooth is now protected against plaque and germs.