Dental sealants are a popular preventative dentistry option, especially for younger patients. They help to prevent cavities from developing in the grooves and ridges of back teeth that are sometimes hard to effectively brush. A dental sealant is essentially a clear coating that is painted over the teeth. It seals the molars and keeps out unwanted food and bacteria.
Too often, food becomes trapped inside the deep ridges of your teeth. These areas can be difficult to clean with a normal toothbrush and can even be hard to see during a normal dental exam. Sealants are an extremely thin coating of plastic that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your molars or back teeth. This seals out any unwanted food and bacteria and, in turn, stops the prevention of cavities.
By preventing food and plaque from becoming stuck in your teeth, the risk for developing cavities is significantly reduced. With sealants, you will stop tooth decay at the source and consequently experience fewer cavities.
Typically, sealants last for five to ten years, but we will want to monitor them during your regularly scheduled dental examinations.
Sealants are most commonly performed on children whose brushing habits are not quite where they need to be. Adults susceptible to tooth decay may also be recommended for sealants.
Sealants are painted onto your back teeth and a blue light is used to harden them. The entire process only takes a few minutes.