A sealant is a thin plastic material applied to the back teeth’s chewing surfaces, where dental decay occurs most often. A dental sealant will help prevent tooth decay by covering and filling the grooves and pits of the chewing surface. They will also seal out any food or germs that cause decay. The best time to have sealants placed on your permanent molars is as soon as they come in.

How is a sealant placed?

The dental procedure to receive a sealant is simple and takes just a few minutes. First, the tooth is cleaned and then treated with a solution that will encourage the sealant to adhere to your tooth. After being painted onto your tooth, the sealant will quickly harden and form a barrier around the tooth. This sealant, when properly cared for, can last for up to 10 years. Please give our office a call for more information about how sealants can help you maintain your oral health.