Dental sealants are just one of the many benefits of today’s dentistry. Sealants have been around since the 1970’s and proven effective as cavity prevention barriers. Dental sealants coat the chewing surfaces of teeth—the molars and premolars—which sit in the back of the mouth making them ripe targets for cavities. Because of their location molars are hard to reach with a toothbrush, so cleaning and flossing effectively is difficult.
The molars have a flat surface on top riddled with fissures and grooves which make them perfect receptacles for harmful bacteria and sticky plaque. Sealants rescue the molars by sealing out bacteria, plaque and food particles that would otherwise make these fissures their home and potentially wreak havoc to those who are prone to dental caries.
Sealant application is a painless procedure done in just one easy visit to the dentist. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, bonding to the tooth as it hardens. The plastic resin can be clear, or white (tooth-colored) depending on the sealant. In future visits the sealant will be checked by your dentist to ensure that it is crack-free and keeping out bacteria and debris. Sealants last many years before needing reapplication. Typical candidates for sealants are children and teenagers, but adults who have molars with no cavities or fillings are also good candidates.
To protect your pearly whites, see one of our dentists if you have any questions about sealants, or give us a call at 920.739.9612 today!