What is a dental sealant?
The chewing surface of a molar contains natural pits and grooves (fissures) in which dental decay most often occurs. Dental sealant, which is also available at Nádor Dental, closes the grooves and pits of the teeth and prevents the build-up of plaque acids on the enamel surface of teeth. As a result, this procedure prevents tooth decay and can save teeth.
When do we recommend it?
The ideal time to apply dental sealants is already in childhood, shortly after permanent teeth have emerged fully; tooth decay can begin without it.
Who do we recommend sealants?
Dental sealant is recommended for children with very deep and narrow grooves in the molars. Such teeth cannot be cleaned well because the bristles of a toothbrush are too large to reach into some of these fissures. There is no need for sealants on permanent teeth in which grooves are wider and easy to clean.
Can caries always be prevented by dental sealants?
Although dental sealant can prevent tooth decay on the chewing surface, unfortunately the lateral surfaces of the teeth – the areas between teeth – can also decay.
The most important thing in any case is prevention, which can be achieved with proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups.
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Is applying dental sealants painful?
Applying sealant is completely painless as it is done without drilling the tooth. The intervention takes very little time.
In rare cases where the grooves are very deep, narrow, and discoloured, applying extended sealants may be recommended by your dentist. This means using a very small drill to uncover the groove running in the enamel. It is also completely painless.
Can dental sealants be applied in adulthood?
In adulthood, using sealants on molars is less common: teeth have been in the mouth for a long time, so the groove system may contain discoloration without the teeth being carious. However, darkened grooves can cause tooth decay in some patients: in such cases it is always advisable to seek the advice of a specialist.
What to do in case of discoloured grooves?
It can concern many of us to see dark, discoloured grooves on the surface of our molars. Discoloration does not necessarily mean caries, but it is definitely worth showing it to a dentist, who can advise on whether a dental procedure is needed.
Dark streaked passages on the tooth surface are discolorations of the groove. In such cases, we also apply sealant for adult patients. In many cases, however, caries can start deep in the grooves, requiring intervention as soon as possible. In this case, a traditional dental filling is used to stop the caries.
We strongly recommend having your teeth checked every six months to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases.