What are sealants?

One of the simplest ways we can protect your smile is by using sealants. Sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. The surfaces have deep ridges and grooves, making them hard to clean and prone to decay. Sealants act as a barrier, making the surface of your tooth smooth and easy to clean. At Rainier Dental Center, we generally use sealants for children who have not experienced major tooth decay. However, adults may also benefit if they do not have any dental restorations on their back teeth. Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta, our seasoned dentist, will work with you to discover whether sealants are the right option for you or your child’s smile.

How are sealants applied?

Sealants take just minutes to apply and can last for up to ten years when taken care of properly. First, your teeth are cleaned and prepared with a gentle bonding solution that produces a rough texture. This helps the plastic material used form a durable bond with your natural tooth structure. The sealant is then allowed to harden, sometimes aided by an ultraviolet light. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants in Seattle, Washington, we invite you to call or visit our dental office today. We are committed to protecting your smile and doing all we can to ensure it lasts for a lifetime.