What are Dental Sealants?
Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your “chewing teeth”, dental sealants are a simple restoration in which a thin, clear or tooth colored resin coating is bonded onto the surface of the tooth. This coating “seals” the deep grooves and pits found on the biting surface of teeth. It acts as a mechanical barrier protecting these depressions and grooves from the accumulation of food particles, plaque, and bacteria that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
A “sealed” tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity and require a restoration (filling). They are generally placed on newly erupted permanent teeth in children and teenagers – most frequently six and twelve year molars.
Sealant application involves a simple and painless process (no anesthesia required) where the enamel surface of the tooth is “conditioned” and sealant resin then “painted” on the grooves of the chewing surface. Curing or hardening of the sealant is then accomplished by using a special light.
How long do dental sealants last?
Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before reapplication is needed. “Sealed” teeth require the same conscientious dental hygiene care as “unsealed” teeth. Brushing and flossing daily along with regular professional dental cleanings by Dr. Clanton‘s hygienists is recommended.