What are dental Sealants?

A sealant is a resin applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant material flows into the pits and grooves. It acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from decay by sealing out plaque, bacteria and food. Sealants are usually clear or white, they are not noticeable when you smile or talk.

How are sealants applied?

Sealants are easy to apply. It only takes a few minutes to seal each tooth. First, the tooth is cleaned and the chewing surfaces are prepared to help the sealant stick to the tooth. Then the sealant is painted onto the chewing surface. A special light is used to help the sealant harden.

Who should get Sealants?

Sealants are mostly placed in children and teenagers, but some adults can also benefit from sealants to prevent cavities.