1.   Chewing surfaces of teeth are polished with prophylaxis cup and pumice. Tooth surfaces are kept dried with cotton rolls or sometimes rubber dam.

2.   A gel containing dilute phosphoric acid is applied to the buffed biting surface of tooth. This is allowed to remain on enamel for 15-30 seconds, and is then washed off.

3.   The tooth surface is dried off. It appears to be chalky white.

 

4.   Bonding agent is applied and cured.

5.  The sealant material is applied and a bright light is then shined on this liquid plastic, and it hardens into a glass like coating over the surface of tooth.

 

The success of the sealants depends mostly on child’s cooperation when the sealants are done. In most cases they are applied when the child is 12 years old and many have remained on the teeth as the patient grew into their early 20s.

The success of the dental sealants depends on the cooperation of the child during the procedure.

The child must understand the importance of the sealant and thereafter should be willing to keep his mouth open and teeth dry for the duration of procedure.

If the teeth get wet between the time the acid gel is washed off, and the time the final cure is done with the light, the sealant will either not adhere to the etched surface, or may partially adhere.

For the success of the sealant, it should be applied at an age when the child is mature enough to cooperate.

If the teeth get wet between the time the acid gel is washed off, and the time the final cure is done with the light, the sealant will either not adhere to the etched surface, or may partially adhere.

For the success of the sealant, it should be applied at an age when the child is mature enough to cooperate.

The placement of sealants on the back teeth causes the teeth to bite differently. The child can adapt easily to the change but adults do not.

Incase the sealants are placed on the adult teeth, the patients usually begin to grind their teeth together leading to problems like headaches, neck aches, ear aches, sore teeth, teeth sensitive to cold.

It is generally recommended that teeth should not be sealed beyond 17 years of age unless the patient is undergoing adult orthodontic treatment.

Total Prevention Programme for Teeth

A total prevention program includes regular visits to your dentist, the use of fluoride, daily brushing and flossing, and limiting the number of times sugar-rich foods are eaten. If these measures are followed and sealants are used on your child's teeth as well, the risk of decay can be reduced or may even be eliminated.

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