Sealants

An effective, simple way to help prevent tooth decay

Sealants can help prevent tooth decay by sealing the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. These grooves are impossible to clean and become ideal hiding places for plaque, bacteria and food particles. By sealing these grooves, we can reduce the risk of tooth decay. Sealants can be placed as soon as the adult teeth erupt, before the surface becomes decayed. Sealants are a perfect preventive technique for your children.

Sealants are easily applied.  The tooth surface is carefully cleaned and the sealant is painted on.  Over time, the sealant may wear off the chewing surface, but some will remain to protect the tooth.  Sealants will not interfere with chewing.

A back tooth has deep grooves on its chewing surface. Notice how deep and narrow the grooves (or fissures) are.
This is a magnified view of the chewing surface of the same tooth.
This magnified view demonstrates that a toothbrush cannot reach into these deep grooves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This magnified view shows how well the sealant adheres to the enamel of the tooth. It forms a hard, impervious seal that the bacteria cannot penetrate.