Dental sealants are a major component of prevention aspect of our office practice to aid in the prevention of dental decay.
A sealant is a material that is applied to the teeth where decay occurs most often – the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These teeth have pits and grooves that are difficult to keep clean, because toothbrush bristles cannot reach into them. The sealant – a plastic resin – bonds into the pits and grooves and acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. They are applied without removal of the tooth structure or requiring anesthetic (numbing). Once applied, your child’s dental sealants will be checked at their regular cleaning visits and may last several years before needing to be reapplied.