Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn’t brush, but because they’re too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don’t want that. So the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
Grooves and pits in the teeth can develop early in life, so children and teenagers are great candidates for sealants. Adults can obviously benefit as well. After sealants are applied, we’ll check up on them during your regular visits for cleanings, etc.
Will my mouth feel different?
New sealants may leave your bite feeling a little different. But after a few days, things feel normal.
Can I eat anything?
Yes, but avoid sticky candy and hard food the day you get the treatment.
How long to sealants last?
Sealants can last up to ten years if they are taken care of properly.