Dental sealants are a flowable plastic that we flow into the grooves of the chewing surface of your children’s teeth. These grooves are very narrow and do not allow for a toothbrush bristle to adequately clean them. If left uncovered, they will in time, develop a cavity. Sealants are placed on the permanent molars, but can also be placed any where there is a pit that could cause a cavity. Adults can also have dental sealants placed on the chewing surfaces of their teeth to protect from decay.
It is a painless procedure. First, we clean the tooth with a pumice to remove all plaque on the top of the tooth. Next, we apply another cleaner to prepare the tooth for the sealant. Then we flow the dental sealant on top of the tooth and shine a light which hardens the sealant in place. That’s it! We then instruct the patient not to eat anything sticky and chew sugarless gum.
With the dental sealant in place, plaque is easily brushed off the tooth. Dental sealants are a great way to protect your teeth and your children’s teeth.