Because teeth form natural pits and crevices on their surfaces, it is difficult for your toothbrush to reach inside and remove any bacteria or excess food. A sealant protects the tooth’s enamel and prevents future cavities by “sealing” these pits and fissures with a resin material. They are quick and easy for your dentist or hygienist to apply and can save you time/money and keep your teeth healthy.

 

Does the Procedure Hurt?

Sealing a tooth does not require numbing and is a painless procedure. The application of the material only takes a couple minutes per tooth.

 

How Long Do Sealants Last?

Sealants can last up to 10 years, however they should be periodically checked at regular dental visits by your dentist.

 

Which Teeth Are Sealed, and When?

Usually 6 year molars are sealed soon after they erupt (around age six). This is because they are more susceptible to cavities. Pre-molars and molars are also good candidates for sealants depending on your teeth’s grooves and natural shape. Consult your doctor for what is best for your teeth.

 

Can Adults Have Teeth Sealed?

No matter what the age of the patient, any tooth can be sealed if necessary. Consult your dentist for further information and questions about whether or not your tooth needs to be sealed.