A sealant is a thin coating applied to teeth in order to create a smooth easy-to-clean surface and to protect them from decay. Sealants are applied to molars and to any deep grooves where much of dental decay begins.
Reasons for Sealants
Children and Teenagers: Sealants should be applied when the 6-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) erupt, or at any time throughout the cavity-prone years of 6 through the teens.
Adults: Teeth without decay that have deep grooves or pits
Baby teeth: Sealants are done occasionally if the teeth have deep grooves or if the child is prone to cavities.
What is the procedure for getting sealants?
The teeth are cleaned thoroughly and then surrounded by cotton to keep them dry. A bonding solution is applied to the enamel surface of the teeth to help the sealant attach. Then the sealant material is painted onto the teeth to cover the grooves and pits. The sealant will either harden automatically or a curing light will be used.
Sealants will protect your teeth from decay for many years but they need to be checked for chipping and wear at your regular cleaning appointments.
If you have any questions or concerns about sealants, please call or contact our office.