Molars have deep grooves, which allow bacteria to hide and eat away tooth surfaces. By applying dental sealants, we can greatly reduce your susceptibility to cavities. The American Dental Association recognizes dental sealants as a key means of cavity prevention.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied by our dental hygienist. First, we identify, remove, and fill any current tooth decay, then we prepare teeth with a cleaning and etching solution. After about 15 seconds, we thoroughly rinse the solution, dry the surface, and coat the teeth with the sealant. A curing light hardens the material and bonds the sealant with your tooth. The entire procedure is not only painless, but also fast, requiring between 10 and 45 minutes, depending on the number of sealants you receive.
Dental sealants create an impenetrable physical barrier for small food particles and cavity-causing bacteria, making them nearly 100% effective in preventing tooth surface decay and the resulting cavities. They can last between 5 and 10 years. Although most insurance companies only cover sealant procedures at a minimal level, more companies recognize this technique's value as a preventive measure that will help reduce future dental costs and the need for restorative procedures. Originally, dental sealants were placed only on children’s teeth, but we’ve had great success sealing teeth for adults, as well.