What are Dental Sealants?

The grooves and depressions in the chewing surfaces of back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean. Acids formed by bacteria and food sugars organize in these areas and break down tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. Studies indicate that 88 percent of tooth decay in American school children begins in this manner.

A dental sealant is a protective plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surface of a tooth and then hardened using a special light.  By filling the tooth grooves, sealants create a smooth surface that is easier to keep clean and can last for years.

Sealants require no drilling or anesthetic and are a great preventive procedure for children to help protect permanent teeth.

We will check your child’s sealants at regular checkup appointments, and can re-apply the sealant material if necessary.

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