A sealant is a plastic coating that is applied to teeth to help prevent tooth decay. Sealants are most commonly applied on six and twelve year old molars, but can be used to protect any tooth that is susceptible to decay. They must be applied when the tooth is newly erupted.
Molar teeth contain many pits and grooves on their biting surface. These pits and grooves are areas that cannot be easily cleaned but where food debris and bacteria can easily collect. Over time, the bacteria can decay the tooth surface resulting in the need for a filling.
Placement of a sealant is a quick and easy procedure, usually requiring no anesthetic. It is done in one dental visit. The tooth is prepared with conditioning materials, and the sealant is bonded into place. The sealant flows into the pits and grooves of the teeth, preventing bacteria from collecting in those hard to clean areas.
A sealant is an easy, affordable preventive service that can help keep your child’s mouth free from dental decay. Ask us about how sealants can benefit you.