Sealants

  • Sealants are a protective coating that seals the chewing (occlusal) surface of the tooth and helps prevent bacteria from causing decay. Pre-molars and molar teeth, located in the back of the mouth, are naturally formed with pits and fissures on their chewing surface. Their shape and location makes them a challenge to keep clean  especially during pre-teen and teenage years. A sealant helps protect these teeth by filling in the cracks and providing a protective shield that bacteria and food can’t penetrate.

    Who are sealants for?

    Sealants are best applied shortly after these molars come in, though it can be a good preventive measure for adults as well. For kids, their first molars will erupt around 6 years old, with the second molars following behind at around age 12. Once applied, a sealant can last 5 to 10 years with regular checks by your dentist.

    How are sealants applied?

    The process for applying a sealant is quite simple:

    1. The selected teeth are thoroughly cleaned
    2. An acid solution is applied to the teeth to roughen the surface,to facilitate sealant adherence
    3. Each tooth is rinsed and thoroughly dried
    4. The sealant is painted directly on to the tooth and allowed to harden, sometimes with the aid of a curing light

    The appointment is quick, only about 30 minutes!

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