Many people have deep pits and groves in their teeth, making them especially susceptible to decay. Children can also develop decay easily on their newly erupted molar surfaces. Although most of these situations may have previously meant cavity trouble at each dental visit, dental sealants now offer a means of successfully protecting molar and premolar chewing surfaces from decay.
Recognized by the American Dental Association as a key means of cavity prevention, dental sealants are simple to apply. We prepare your teeth with a cleaning and etching solution. After about 15 seconds, we thoroughly rinse the solution, dry the surface, coat your teeth with the sealant and harden with a curing light. The entire procedure is not only painless, but fast.
Properly applied, dental sealants create an impenetrable physical barrier for small food particles and cavity-causing bacteria, making them nearly 100 percent effective in preventing tooth surface decay and the resulting cavities. Unbroken, they can last up to five years. Most insurance companies cover sealant protection on the first and second molars of children.