What are dental sealants?

Sealants are a simple protective measure most often used on children. Made from a tooth-colored acrylic coating, sealants are painted onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth. These surfaces have deep grooves and pits that are hard to clean, trapping decay-causing foods and acids. Dental sealants in Plano, Texas protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing cannot reach.


How are dental sealants applied?

Dr. Kirk E. Kooker, our seasoned dentist, usually only needs a couple of minutes to apply a sealant on a tooth. If necessary, the tooth is lightly etched after Dr. Kirk E. Kooker cleans the surface of the tooth. Each sealant is painted gently onto the tooth and allowed to harden. Sealants can last several years and hold up well under the force of normal chewing.


Sealants are most useful for children who have not experienced tooth decay, helping us to teach them good oral hygiene habits. However, adults can also benefit from sealants if their chewing surfaces have not required heavy amounts of restoration. For more information about sealants, please contact our dental office today. We are eager to help you in your fight against tooth decay.