Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth – usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) – to prevent tooth decay.
The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective layer over the enamel of the tooth.
Who Should Get Sealants?
Because of the probabilities of developing cavities in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars, children and teenagers are possible candidates for sealants.
Adults without cavities or fillings in their molars can also take advantage of dental sealants.
Typically, children should get dental sealants for their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth develop. This way, the teeth are protected through the cavity-prone years.
In some cases, dental sealants may also be suitable for baby teeth, such as when a child’s baby teeth have deep depressions and grooves.
Because the baby teeth play such a crucial role in holding the correct spacing for permanent teeth, it’s important to keep them healthy, so they are not lost too early.
Benefit Of Dental Sealants
Even though brushing and flossing your teeth properly can remove food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into all the hard-to-reach areas to remove the food particles and plaque there.
Dental sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by sealing out plaque and food.
Dental Sealant Procedure
Applying dental sealants is a simple and painless process. It only takes a few minutes for your Doncaster East dentist or hygienist to apply the sealant to seal each tooth.
The application steps are as follows:
- First, the teeth that are to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned.
- Each tooth is dried, and cotton or another absorbent material is put around the tooth to keep it dry.
- An acid solution is applied on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them up, which helps the sealant stick to the teeth.
- The teeth are then rinsed and dried.
- A sealant is then painted on the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. A special curing light is used to harden the sealant.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
Dental sealants can shield your teeth from decay for up to a decade, but they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at your regular dental check-ups. Your Doncaster East dentist can replace sealants as necessary.
Dental Sealants at DonEast Supreme Dental
At DonEast Supreme Dental, we offer you safe and effective dental sealants. We provide a wide range of dental services for patients who reside in Doncaster East and the surrounding areas.
Doncaster East dentist also serves local communities in Templestowe, Balwyn North, Doncaster, Doncaster Heights, Donvale, Mont Albert North, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Kerrimuir, Blackburn North, Forest Hill, Nunawading, and Brentford Square.
GAP FREE – General Check-up, Scale and Clean, X-rays and Fluoride treatment (with any health insurance)
*for new patients only
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- Offer payment plan such as Dentacare and Mysmileplan
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for Bupa (Platinum), NIB and CBHS
We are located near Tunstall Square Shopping Centre and offer on site parking for our patients.
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)