A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves.
More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. It is very difficult to clean teeth with these conditions and therefore, are likely to decay faster. By applying the sealant, your dentist is making the tooth smooth and easy to clean.
Your dentist will check the condition of the sealant at each check up and will reapply if chipped and worn down.
When may you need sealants?
Children & teenagers: As soon as the six-year molars appear or at any time during the highest risk of cavities (ages 6 - 16)
Adults: Tooth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions.
Baby teeth: This is only done occasionally if the teeth have deep grooves and the dentist considers the teeth are cavity prone.
What happens when you have a sealant?
A very quick procedure where your dentist will clean the relevant teeth and then ‘paint’ the tooth surface where it hardens and bonds to the teeth. Your dentist may use a special light to speed up the hardening process.