Dental sealants are important in preventive dentistry. Children and teenagers are both good candidates for dental sealants.
Due to the shape of molars and premolars, food and plaque can quickly become trapped in the ridges and grooves. These areas can be challenging to clean with a toothbrush. Sealants are a great way to keep these harmful, cavity-causing substances out to begin with.
A dental sealant is a thin layer of tooth-colored material that flows into the grooves of the teeth, creating a smooth surface that prevents plaque and bacteria from collecting on the molars. This helps to 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.
While sealants are most often used on children and teenagers, some adults could benefit from them as well. However, many insurance companies will not cover sealants for adults, so it’s always smart to check.
Sealants hold up well under normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, Dr. Neff will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.