Dental Sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars) where decay occurs more often.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Dental Sealants are recognized as an effective approach to preventing pit and fissure caries in children and teens.
Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.
Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before reapplication is need it. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of this sealants and reapply them when necessary.