Sealants are thin plastic coatings that are bonded to the grooved surfaces of back teeth to prevent cavities. Often the grooves in the biting surfaces of molars and premolars are so narrow and deep that toothbrush bristles won’t reach inside to remove the food particles and bacteria. Covering these grooves with a smooth coating prevents cavities from forming in them.
Sealants are applied without needing anesthetic. The teeth to be sealed are isolated, cleaned with a special cleaner, then have a thin layer of tooth-colored type of plastic cured onto them.
Sealants can last several years, and we check them at every checkup to be sure they don’t need to be repaired or replaced.
Sealants are especially important for newly erupted molars, which come into the mouth at about 6 and then 12 years of age. However, sealants can benefit “groovy” teeth at any age.
Sealants are a cost-effective benefit to help maintain healthy teeth, and are covered by many dental benefit plans.
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