Dental sealants are flowable resins that are “painted” onto the surface of the tooth by a simple procedure. Dental sealants have been used and have been proven to be effective since the 1970s. Many studies have shown that they are highly effective in preventing cavities on the biting surfaces of back teeth.
Why are Dental Sealants good for my teeth?
The chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth have depressions and grooves (fissures) that make them vulnerable to decay. These fissures can be deep, are difficult to clean, and can be narrower than even a single bristle of a toothbrush. Plaque accumulates in these areas, and the acid from bacteria in the plaque attacks the enamel and cavities can develop. Dental sealants provide protection for the grooved and pitted areas by “sealing” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Dental Sealants are easy to apply and it takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Children and adults can benefit from dental sealants in the fight against tooth decay.