Dental sealants are used to help prevent damage or decay in the back teeth, specifically the surfaces in charge of chewing food.
The anatomical structure of the molars and premolars makes them susceptible to decay, due to the narrow grooves, or “fissures,” where chewing occurs. Not only does the extreme narrowness of these fissures make them difficult to clean, but they are also much more likely to trap bacteria or plaque. If left untreated or unclean, this buildup of bacteria or plaque can eat into the enamel and create cavities.
The best way to prevent damage or decay in the back teeth is through dental sealants, which are plastic coatings that are placed over the surface of the teeth. Sealants are most commonly used for children up to 13 years of age (although less common, they may also be used for adults).
Sealants do not require any numbing or drilling, and the process overall is normally painless. The material used for sealants bonds quickly to the teeth, is clear (or colored to the teeth), and will last for years.
Still not sure if you or your child needs a sealant? Contact us at 615-257-0772 to schedule an appointment today with one of our dental professionals.