Sealants are a protective measure used to prevent decay of the large molar teeth in the back of your mouth. These teeth typically have uneven surfaces and crevices that makes them vulnerable to trapped food and eventual decay. Sealants are helpful to patients of all ages, but they are especially recommended for young patients as soon as permanent molars emerge, usually around age six.
To apply sealants, we paint a thin coating of dental plastic that hardens to form protective layer on the tooth. The protective coating should last for several years, but can be reapplied as necessary.
Learn more about sealants by visiting with your hygienist at your next appointment.