Sealants in Chicago, Illinois
Sealants are thin coatings made of plastic that are applied to molars and any deep grooves (pits and fissures) found in the teeth. These grooves are responsible for over 75 percent of tooth decay. Teeth that have grooves are difficult to clean and make it easy for decay to accumulate. Sealants provide new, smooth surfaces for the teeth.
Sealants are very durable. However, over time they may chip and require touch-ups.
When Are Sealants Recommended?
Childhood and adolescence. Sealants should be applied when the back molars appear, or anytime during ages 6-16 when children are at a greater risk for cavities.
Adults who have developed deep grooves or impressions.
Baby teeth with deep grooves or cavity-prone children.
What Is the Procedure for Sealants?
Sealants are applied by a dentist or dental hygienist. They can usually be done in just a couple of minutes.
First, the teeth are cleaned and surrounded by protective cotton. A solution is applied to the teeth in preparation for adhesives. The teeth are dried, and the sealant is carefully painted on the teeth. This covers the enamel completely and softens grooves and impressions. A special light may be used to harden the sealant.
With good home care, a proper diet and regular dental appointments, your sealants will last a long time.