Dental Sealant Procedure Explained

Why might a sealant be the answer to your plaque build-up problems?

Brushing and flossing regularly are great habits that do help get most of the bacteria and particles left in the mouth out after eating and/or drinking.  While these habits get most everything out, they can’t get it all. Sometimes sealants are placed over the grooves on the outer layer of teeth to make it harder for plaque to develop. A dental sealant is basically a plastic cover that adds an extra layer protection in the heavily grooved or pitted areas of teeth.

What might a dental sealant procedure look like?

  1. Your dental hygienist will completely polish the surface of your teeth. Once they are sure everything is off they will dry and etch the surface. The etching material is then rinsed off and you are ready to have the sealant placed.
  2. The dental sealant material will be placed on the tooth and a special light will be used as a bonding agent. This takes about 30-60 seconds in total.
  3. Your dental hygienist and dentist will both check to make sure the proper contact between the tooth and sealant. The plastic will harden and you are free to use your tooth normally again.