Dental Sealings

Dental sealing is the most efficient method for caries prevention. 

What is dental sealing?  

Dental sealing is a modern treatment for caries prevention. It can be used both on temporar or permanent teeth.

  • Studies made by American Association of Dentists show that the risk of caries on permanent molars decreases by 80%. 
  • The medical procedure is safe and efficient. 
  • Dental sealings are beneficial for kids who cannot brush their teeth correctly, especially the last molars.

When is dental sealings recommended

Dental sealings are performed:  

  • On the surface of molars and premolars, because these teeth present a more prominent occlusal surface, therefore being more prone to caries. In their case, bacterial plaque is favored.  
  • In the case of patients with orthodontic treatment.  
  • Sometimes, dental sealing can be used on palatine surfaces of the upper incisors.  

The procedure of sealing the tooth acts as a protecting shield which block the gathering of food and bacteria plaque. 

  • When it is carried out on young temporary teeth, it protects teeth from caries, that can also affect permanent teeth. 
  • In the case of permanent teeth, it is preferred that the dental sealings are executed in short time after the tooth eruption. However, this can also be executed later on, if the teeth were not affected by dental caries.
  • The optimal age for dental sealing treatment is between 3 to 4 years old in case of temporary teeth, 6 to 7 years for the permanent 1st molar and 11 to 13 years for premolars and 2nd molar.

How dental sealing procedure is done:

  • The tooth is cleaned and dried of any water or saliva
  • A special gel is applied on the sanitized tooth, which has the role of preparing the tooth for the sealing material
  • In the 3rd step, a resinous liquid is applied to cover the ditches, and thus eliminating the retentive space in which bacteria can accumulate.
  • The last step, a light curing lamp is used to fix the sealing substance.

The tooth sealing procedure is 100% safe:

  • It does not affect the tooth
  • It does not require anesthesia
  • It is performed in very short amount of time, which provides more comfort to the child
  • The applied resin is modeled to the shape of the tooth and, being transparent, does not change its color
  • The preparation of the tooth for sealing is minimally invasive

The dental sealings are maintained on the teeth for approximately 2 years, but the doctors recommend the dentist visits to be done every 6 months.

Advantages of the dental sealings

On the primary teeth, dental sealings:

  • maintain the health of the teeth
  • prevent cavities and the eventual eruption problems of the permanent teeth

Applied on the permanent teeth, dental sealings:

  • prevent dental cavities and the problems which can affect the future adult.
  • dental sealings help maintain strong and intact dental surfaces.
  • also, on the long term, sealing may save time and money and the discomfort associated with dental procedures disappears.

At the age of 6 appears the first permanent molars. As this is a permanent tooth, the prevention and care for it must be appropriate.

The sealing of the first permanent molar should be done shortly after its eruption, therefore periodic check-ups at the dentist must be respected.

Find out from the article more information on how to take proper care of the first permanent molar.

Read more about the critical age 6-8 years. How to save the first permanent teeth?