A sealant is a thin plastic coating that is placed over the pits and fissures (grooves) in some teeth. This helps seal out decay and in many cases can prevent decay in these grooves altogether. Most dental decay starts in these pits and fissures. It’s important to seal them off. Although sealants are not 100% foolproof, they usually do a great job and may last for many years.
Who should get sealants?
We usually recommend sealants on permanent teeth that are newly erupted, or are at risk for developing cavities. We do not usually seal baby teeth in our office unless you request it. This usually includes kids, some teenagers and adults in some situations.
What can I expect?
Sealants do not require that you be numb. At your appointment, the teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, and we may use cotton to keep the teeth completely dry during the procedure. We sometimes will rough up the surface of your tooth so that the sealant will stick better and then the sealant is applied and the appointment is over! You can chew food with newly sealed teeth immediately after your appointment.