We may recommend dental sealants if you have deep pits or fissures on the surface of your molars (back teeth) that collect plaque.
While we often recommend dental sealants for children, adults can also benefit from getting dental sealants. A sealant covers the entire chewing surface of your tooth, sealing it from food particles, plaque, and tartar.
Our dental sealant dentists will be able to determine if this procedure is right for you.
Dental Sealants for Children
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a result, we often recommendas soon as your child gets their premolars and permanent adult teeth. Dental sealants can help protect your child’s teeth when they’re most vulnerable to cavities, between the ages of 6 and 14.
Dental Sealants Procedure
Applyingis fast, easy, and painless. During the dental sealants procedure, we roughen the chewing surface of your molars before painting on the sealant. Doing this allows the sealant to bond strongly to the surface of your teeth so it’ll last for years to come.
During the dental sealants procedure, we:
- Clean and dry teeth.
- Apply acidic gel to roughen chewing surfaces of molars.
- Rinse away the acidic gel.
- Dry teeth.
- Paint liquid sealant solution over grooves in molars.
- Harden dental sealants with a special curing light.
It’s important to understand that dental sealants are not meant to replace good oral hygiene habits. You’ll need to continue brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily to remove plaque at home. You’ll also need to see our dentists at least every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral examination.