A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. This is where decay most often occurs. A sealant prevents tooth decay by covering the pits and grooves of chewing surfaces and sealing out decay-causing food and germs. Sealants are most beneficial when placed on permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in. The first permanent molars typically grow in between the ages of 5 and 7. The second permanent molars grow in between the ages of 11 and 14.
How is a sealant placed?
The procedure is simple and painless. It takes only a few minutes. The tooth is cleaned and treated with a solution that allows the sealant to stick to the tooth. Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth. They can last for up to 10 years. Please call our office for more information about how this service can help you.