Sealants are a common preventive treatment in pediatric dentistry.
Some teeth have fine grooves or pits that accumulate plaque, not necessarily because the person doesn't brush, but because the grooves are too too narrow or deep to allow even one bristle into them. When plaque accumulates, it can lead to cavities and other dental problems. Sealants fill in these narrow grooves to help prevent cavity-causing plaque from forming in these hard to reach areas. We typically recommend sealants for children whose permanent teeth are starting to erupt, typically around age 6. These aid in protecting permanent teeth while the child is still developing their proper oral hygiene skills. To apply sealants, a plastic material is applied to the tooth, filling these narrow grooves and preventing the cavity-causing buildup. Sealants can help prevent cavities from forming in these deep grooves.
Sealants are not just a preventive means for children, and adults may benefit from them too! As us if you think sealants would be right for you!
Sealants are applied by either the dentist or dental hygienist in a quick and pain-free procedure. Sealant material is applied to the grooves of healthy, clean teeth and light-cured to bond to the tooth. The lifespan of sealants varies case by case, but can last up to 10 years.Back