What is a sealant?
A sealant is a plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of a tooth, which ultimately hardened with a bright white light. It fills deep grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces which protects it from forming decay (holes in teeth from cavities).
Why seal teeth?
Deep grooves in teeth are impossible to clean, no matter how well you brush, as the bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach into the grove of the tooth. Over time, the grooves of the teeth become more bound to get cavities, which require fillings.
Do I have to get numb?
The great thing about sealants is they are so easy to complete, you don’t need to get numb.
My child has sealants, are they only for children?
While sealants are often done on children, there is no age limit to when a sealant can be placed. Any tooth without an existing filling or cavity can be sealed. Many of our adult patients opt to have sealants done.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants can last for many years. If a person’s diet consist of a lot of chewy foods or they have a habit of clenching or grinding, the sealant may wear away more quickly.