Dental sealants

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealant is a thin protective coating applied on the grooves of premolars and molars to help protect them from decay. The chewing surfaces of premolars and molars have deep grooves known as fissures that make them vulnerable to decay. Food and plaque accumulate in these deep grooves and cavities can develop. Dental sealants provide an extra protection for these areas by providing smooth surface which is easy to clean.

Types:

  • Glass ionomers based- Fluoride releasing
  • Resin based – Non-fluoride releasing, more shrinkage and harder.

Research has shown that dental sealants prevent 80% reduction of cavities. Primary and permanent molars of kids and adolescents ranging from age 6-14 are the most common recipients. In some cases, dental sealants can also be placed in adults, who are at risk for caries.

Fluoride treatment is not the same as sealants. Dental sealants only protect the surface area they are placed on. Fluoride helps protect all the surfaces of tooth from decay and cavities.

If you have any questions about dental sealants or to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to call us at 778-574-3300