Even with exemplary dental habits, it can be a struggle to remove particles and plaque from all the nooks and crannies of the back teeth. Sealants can protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by “sealing out” plaque and food.
A sealant is a thin resin coating painted on the tooth surface to fill in the narrow grooves and pits of a tooth that are difficult to clean. In some cases these uneven areas in a tooth are small enough that the bristle of a toothbrush cannot adequately reach and clean the trapped plaque.
Many adults without decay or fillings in their molars can benefit from sealants and in certain situations sealants can be useful for our younger patients as well. In some cases, dental sealants may be recommended for baby teeth, such as when a child’s baby teeth have deep grooves. Because baby teeth play such a critical role in holding the correct spacing for permanent teeth, it is important to keep these teeth healthy so they are not lost too early.
Applying the sealant is a quick and painless process, taking only a few minutes to apply to each tooth.
Sealants can protect the teeth from decay for many years, but will be evaluated for chipping or wear at your dental check-ups and be reapplied if needed.
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