What Is a Sealant?

Some people have heard that they might require a sealant. A sealant is used to seal cavities and protect the tooth by placing a clear, plastic coating on top of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These are often placed in locations that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. The sealant will dry quickly and harden to form a nice shield over the tooth, preventing decay of your teeth. A sealant is quick, painless, and will last for years.

Do You Need a Sealant?

In general, a tooth sealant is placed if when your child’s molars will first come in, often during the school-aged years. On the other hand, some children could have their baby teeth sealed if their enamel is weak or has large grooves. If a baby tooth suffers from extreme decay, this could start to impact the permanent teeth as well. Of course, sealants can also be placed on the permanent teeth of children and adults. If you have questions or concerns, please call us today.