Dental sealants are thin acrylic coatings that our dental hygiene team applies to your teeth’s chewing surfaces.
The primary benefit of dental sealants is preventing food particles or plaque from getting into the grooves and nooks of teeth, especially the back molars. Even the best toothbrushes can’t always reach plaque in these areas. Sealants prevent those areas from being contaminated in the first place and lower the likelihood of cavity formation or other dental problems developing over time.
Sealants are usually best for children and teenagers. Kids and teenagers are more likely to develop tooth decay or cavities in the depressions or grooves of their molars and premolars. However, adults who don’t have decay or fillings in their molars may also benefit from sealants to prevent future issues from cropping up.
When you visit us for an appointment, Dr. Lanik may recommend that your kids get sealants on their premolars and permanent molars as soon as they come in. The earlier sealants are applied, the faster those teeth will be protected.
When properly applied and maintained, tooth sealants should last for up to 10 years. However, sealants should be checked at every regular dental cleaning checkup. Your dentist or hygienist will check your sealants for signs of wearing or chipping. If needed, sealants can be replaced with a follow-up appointment.