A dental sealant is a thin, painted on plastic coating that is usually applied to the molars and premolars. This liquid coating adheres to the grooves and depressions in the teeth, which in turn acts as a shield over the enamel of each tooth preventing decay. Primarily children between the ages of 6 to 14 get sealants, which protect their teeth during the cavity prone years. Adults who do not have decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from this procedure. These dental sealants are only visible up close and can be clear, white, or slightly tinted.
Dental sealants prevent germs and food particles from settling in the grooves of the teeth with a covering of a safe plastic coating. These sealants, however, do not replace the fluoride that one receives from toothpaste, mouth wash or the community water supply.
Having Dr. Fojas apply dental sealants in our dental office in Westerville, Ohio could prevent tooth decay for up to 10 years, but the need for regular dental check-ups with Dr. Fojas are imperative to observe any wearing or chipping that may occur.
When you seal a tooth you prevent possible decay and the need for filling the cavity, which damages the tooth permanently. When a tooth is filled, which is not permanent, more drilling needs to be done and that tooth becomes weaker. Sealants can save you the discomfort experienced with dental fillings and saves you time and money as well.
Check the ADA website for more information about sealants.