What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are a plastic resin placed on teeth in order to prevent tooth decay.
How do dental sealants protect teeth?
Sealants fill the grooves of the chewing surface of teeth. These grooves easily trap food and plaque bacteria, and sometimes they can be difficult to clean. In fact, 80-90% of cavities develop in these areas. Sealants not only prevent food and plaque from becoming trapped in the grooves, but they also make the teeth easier to clean.
What teeth do we apply dental sealants to?
We generally apply sealants to the molars and premolars because the chewing surface of these teeth are the ones with grooves, making them more vulnerable to decay.
What do dental sealants look like?
Sealants can either come in a clear or tooth color that blends in with your smile.
Do dental sealants hurt?
No. Applying the sealant is a simple, painless procedure. After cleaning the tooth, etching it with an acidic solution, and then drying it, we simply paint the sealant on and harden it with a curing light.
How long do dental sealants last?
If you take good care of your mouth, then the sealant can last for 5-10 years.