Preventing tooth decay is paramount for maintaining optimal oral health, and sealants serve as a powerful defense against cavities.
A sealant, crafted from tooth-colored material, is delicately applied to the chewing surfaces of premolars and molars – the back teeth. This plastic resin forms a durable bond within the depressions and grooves, known as pits and fissures, on the chewing surfaces. Functioning as a protective shield, the sealant fortifies enamel, safeguarding it from plaque and acidic substances.
Given that the risk of developing pit and fissure decay commences early in life, children and adolescents are excellent candidates for sealants. However, adults can also reap the benefits.
The application of sealants is a swift and straightforward process, easily administered by your dentist or hygienist. Each tooth requires only a few minutes for sealing. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth’s surface enjoys fortified protection against decay.