Dental sealants are an important preventive treatment which can greatly assist in the prevention of cavities on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (the molars and premolars).
The chewing surfaces of the molars are naturally uneven, with grooves, bumps and fissures. These natural grooves tend to quickly accumulate plaque and are extremely difficult to clean properly at home. Toothbrush bristles don’t reach into the grooves and thus don’t thoroughly clean out the plaque. While of course we can help you by cleaning out the grooves professionally during your routine hygiene appointments, the recommended dental solution is to seal the surface of the tooth using a dental sealant.
A dental sealant is a coating placed onto the occlusal surface (chewing surface) of the back tooth to fill in the natural fissures and protect the tooth surface from decay. Properly applied, dental sealants will last for many years and will even help remineralize the teeth they are protecting.
Dental sealants are normally and most optimally used during childhood years, when the permanent teeth first come in and fully erupt from the gums. This sets the teeth up for a long healthy lifespan of use without the need for unusual attention to these molar fissures. However, dental sealants can still be used on adult teeth much later in life in some cases, such as if their use was omitted previously, or if the old sealant has worn off. Also, in some cases dental sealants may be recommended for use on deciduous teeth (commonly known as “baby teeth” or “temporary teeth”).
Dental sealants can help make your molars much easier to clean and maintain and help to prevent tooth decay.