Sealants

A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars and to any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) in the teeth.  More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves.  Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay.  A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves and creating a smooth, easy-to-clean surface.

Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.

Sealants may be applied in the following situations:

  • Babies – Teeth have deep grooves or depressions and the child is cavity prone.
  • Children and teenagers – The six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear or anytime throughout the cavity prone years of 6-16.
  • Adults – Tooth surfaces without decay develop deep grooves or depressions.

How are sealants applied?

The procedure is simple and painless and takes only a few minutes. The tooth is cleaned and treated with a solution that allows the sealant to bond to the tooth. The sealant is painted on as a liquid and quickly hardens to form a shield over the tooth. Depending on the type of sealant used, the material will either harden automatically or with a special curing light. Sealants can last for up to 10 years.

Proper home care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new sealants. Please give us a call if you are interested in receiving this service from us.