As part of your dental prevention program, dental sealants are often recommended to protect your teeth from developing dental decay. In fact according to the American Dental Association, dental sealants reduce the risk of cavities in molars by approximately 80%.
Dental sealants afford additional protection from dental decay by providing a strong plastic-like protective coating for the chewing surfaces teeth. They basically fill in the pits, fissures and grooves on these teeth to seal out harmful bacteria and food particles. Beyond preventing the development of cavities, sealants may also be useful over areas of incipient dental decay to stop further damage from occurring.
Applying dental sealants is a quick and painless process. They are simply brushed on in a series of steps during a dental visit and then cured (set) with a light wand. Sealants are strong and durable and can last for several years. The condition of your dental sealants will be evaluated at each checkup and reapplied if the need arises.