Prevent cavities before they start
Sealants help prevent cavities by protecting the pits and grooves of your teeth that are difficult to reach and clean (even with a fine-bristled brush), and therefore susceptible to decay.
Sealants are thin coatings that are typically applied on the permanent back teeth, or molars, as a preventative measure. Made of clear or white resin material, the sealant is placed into the deep grooves found on the chewing surface of your teeth — an area more vulnerable to decay. The sealant creates a barrier that protects this surface area from the acid that is formed from bacteria in any food debris or plaque left on your teeth.
More often applied while a patient is still young, dental sealants are done soon after the molar has erupted in order to seal out bacteria that causes decay and cavities. However there are many adults who can benefit from sealants as well.
Placing dental sealants is a simple process. First, the tooth surface is cleaned and etched to create a rough surface for the sealant to adhere to. Next, the liquid dental sealant is applied and then hardened using a special light. The sealant is then polished and your bite checked.
Once complete, the dental sealant is a sturdy, unnoticeable coating that will help prevent decay and protect your smile for a long time to come.
We typically recommend dental sealants for children when their permanent back molars erupt, usually between 6 and 12 years old. Sealants can also work for adult patients who are prone to tooth decay, which we can determine upon examination of the surface condition of their teeth.
We might also suggest fluoride, a natural mineral and commonly used treatment to help prevent tooth decay.
For more information on sealants, fluoride, and how to maintain good oral health, please contact our office to schedule a comprehensive consultation today.