What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a non-permanent material that covers the biting surface of teeth. It is a thin coating that is painted on the surface of the teeth to help prevent cavities. You can think of sealants like a coat you place over your teeth to prevent the cavity causing bacteria from adhering to the teeth.

Who Should Have Dental Sealants?

Most commonly sealants are prescribed for children 6-12 years of age, but some adults may also be advised to receive this treatment due to high risk of dental caries. Sealants will wear off over time, but can last for up to 9 years. During your regular visits your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and advise if they need to be replaced.

What to Expect When Getting Sealants

This procedure is simple, quick and pain free. You can expect:

  • Teeth to be cleaned and dried
  • Acidic gel is then applied to roughen up the surface of the teeth so a strong bond between the sealant and your teeth will form
  • After a few seconds the gel is rinse off and the tooth is dried
  • The sealant is then applied

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— Sharon S.

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