Sealants are highly effective at preventing decay on the biting surfaces of the teeth which have deep pits and grooves. Sealants are a protective acrylic coating which is bonded to the susceptible pits and grooves making the teeth much easier to maintain and keep clean. The enamel is effectively sealed off from plaque and acid where the sealants have been applied.
The sealants are easy to apply and are usually placed within minutes by the qualified dental professional. They hold up very well, yet periodically need to be touched up if part of the coating chips or breaks.
We recommend most children get sealants on their permanent teeth as they erupt into the mouth. The longer we can prevent the primary decay or cavities from forming, the better the opportunity to preserve the natural tooth structure. As children age they become agile enough to begin to take care of these susceptible teeth. The sealant protects the tooth during the very susceptible period of growth and development of the child.
The molar and premolar teeth are the ones which most often are sealed, for they have deeper pits and grooves in their surfaces which can get bacteria stuck in them initiating the decay process. Some teeth which are already stained in the grooves or show evidence of early breakdown can not be sealed.