Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces.
- Prevents cavities on chewing surfaces.
- Applied to permanent 6 and 12 year molars.
- Protects teeth for years.
- Applied in minutes without anesthesia.
- Sealed teeth are easier to clean.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
How are sealants applied?
The process is short and easy. After the tooth is cleaned, a special gel is placed on the chewing surface for a few seconds. Next, the tooth is then washed off and dried. Then, the sealant is painted on the tooth. It takes just a short minute for the sealant to form a protective shield.
Why is sealing a tooth better than waiting for decay and filling the cavity?
Decay damages teeth permanently. Sealants protect them. Sealants can save time, money, and the discomfort sometimes associated with dental fillings. Fillings are not permanent. Each time a tooth is filled, more drilling is done and the tooth becomes a little weaker. Using sealants as a preventive measure is a great way to preserve the strength of your child’s teeth.