What are Sealants?
Sealants are a plastic type of material that is applied in a thin coat to the chewing surfaces of your molars. It covers the deep pits and grooves that are at risk of developing tooth decay.
Who should get sealants?
Children and adults can benefit from sealants. The earlier in life they are applied, the greater protection they provide. However, it is never too late to protect any chewing surface that is free from decay with sealants.
How are sealants applied?
No anesthesia is necessary. To make sure that the sealant forms a strong bond with the tooth, the tooth’s chewing surface is roughened with a special gel. The gel is rinsed off, the tooth is dried and the sealant is applied to the tooth. A special light is used to harden the sealant into a strong protective coating.
How long do they last?
Sealants are very durable. In most cases they last several years. Your dentist and hygienist will check them at every visit.
Studies by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry show that dental sealants are a powerful and effective therapy in the fight against dental decay and disease.
Children treated with sealants have approximately up to 80% reduction in the incidence of cavities.