What are Dental Sealants?
A dental sealant is used to coat and protect areas most vulnerable to decay or cavities. It is usually white or clear and is placed on chewing surfaces, particularly molars and hard to reach pits and grooves. It can prevent up to 80% of cavities that form in the back molars on the chewing surfaces.
The dental sealant application is quick, painless, and non-invasive. Once the tooth is polished, an etch is placed on the tooth for the sealant to adhere to. The sealant is then cured using a special light.
Are Dental Sealants necessary?
Many children who visit the dentist will have dental sealants put on their back teeth starting at the age of six or seven. This protects the the deep grooves and pits of the teeth before cavities can begin.
Adults may also choose to have sealants applied as well if they were not placed as a child or have worn through.
Dental sealants are designed to last for many years and they can be replaced if needed. They require no additional treatment aside from regular brushing and flossing.
If you have more questions about whether dental sealant is right for you or your child, feel free to ask us at your next appointment.