Dental sealants are a form of preventative dentistry. Children and teenagers alike are both good candidates for dental sealants. Adults that are particularly prone to tooth decay or have deep grooves on their molars that trap food and plaque can also benefit from sealants.
Why would I need sealants?
Due to the anatomy of the molars and premolars, food and plaque can easily become trapped in the many ridges and grooves. These areas can be difficult to clean with a toothbrush. Sealants are a great way to fill those grooves and keep the harmful, cavity-causing substances out. A dental sealant is a thin layer of tooth-colored material that flows into the grooves of the teeth, creating a smooth surface to prevent plaque and food retention. Prevention of plaque and bacteria from collecting on the molars will limit the development of tooth decay. Sealants are painless and easy to apply. They require no anesthetic and are usually applied in under an hour. If you think you or your child would be a good candidate for dental sealants, call our office today!