Dental sealants are comprised of a thin plastic material that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (or molars). Sealants provide a protective coating that helps to preserve tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay.
The molars have deep depressions that are uneven and bumpy, making them difficult to clean well — especially for younger tooth-brushers. These grooves in the molars tend to collect food and plaque that make them vulnerable to decay. Sealants essentially create a barrier that “seals out” acids, plaque and food.
Sealants are simple for your dentist to apply and even easier for the patient to receive: The tooth is cleaned and dried. Then we apply a solution that helps the sealant to stick to the tooth. The sealant is painted onto the tooth in its initial liquid form which quickly hardens to create a protective shield over that portion of the tooth.
Sealants have been in use for decades now. They are safe and effective at helping to prevent cavities. Even so, your dental staff here at EnhancingSmiles® Dentistry still strongly encourages you to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once every day.
Dr. Kooker can determine whether sealants are right for you at this time. Feel free to visit our office or to call 972-781-2282 if you have any questions about dental sealants.