Dental sealants are comprised of a thin, plastic material that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (also called premolars and molars). The liquid sealant that’s painted onto the tooth bonds into the grooves of the teeth, providing a protective coating that helps to preserve tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay for up to 10 years.
The molars have deep depressions that are uneven and bumpy, making them difficult to clean well — especially for children. These pits and fissures (grooves) in the back teeth tend to collect food and plaque that make them vulnerable to decay. Sealants essentially create a barrier that “seals out” acids, plaque and food.
Sealants are easy for the dentist and easy for the patient: The tooth is cleaned and dried. Then we apply a solution that helps the sealant to stick to the tooth. The sealant is painted onto the tooth in its initial liquid form which quickly hardens to create a protective shield over that portion of the tooth.
Sealants have been in use for decades now. They are safe and effective at helping to prevent cavities. Obviously, your friends here at Modern Dentistry of New England still strongly encourage you to brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste, floss once every day, eat a well-balanced diet with limited snacks and sugar and visit us for your regular cleanings and checkups.
Dr. Gabr can determine whether sealants are right for you at this time. Feel free to visit our office or to call 860-582-4485 if you have any questions about dental sealants.