What is a sealant?

Healthy-SmileWhen your child’s permanent molars come in, consider protecting them with sealants. A dental sealant is a clear plastic coating the dentist applies to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants form a barrier that keeps food and bacteria out of tiny grooves in the tooth. These sealants are nearly 100 percent effective in preventing decay in back teeth. Dental sealants also help to prevent decay by creating a smooth surface on the tooth, which is easier to keep clean than the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface.

Do I need a sealant?

Dr. Scott Healey, our knowledgeable dentist, typically recommends dental sealants for your child’s permanent back molars as soon as they come in, which is usually between the ages of 6 and 12. The process for applying dental sealants in Lindon, Utah, is completely painless; the sealant is simply painted onto the tooth surface. Dental sealants require no needles, shots, or anesthetic, and they can be completed in only one visit to Scott M. Healey Dentistry. While dental sealants typically last for several years, they may need to be reapplied in the future to continue protecting your teeth. We may suggest sealants for adult patients whose teeth are especially prone to decay. For more information on how dental sealants can protect your teeth from decay, please call or visit us today.