- Protect normal pits and grooves on the chewing surface of back teeth
Normal pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth can trap food that can’t be removed by brushing or washed out by water or saliva. A sealant is a tough, resin material designed to bond to tooth enamel. These clear or tooth-colored sealants are carefully painted onto the tooth surface to “seal” the pits and grooves and protect against decay. They are generally applied to children’s first permanent back teeth. They can also be useful for adults in certain situations.
- Preserves all of the natural tooth structure
- No numbing needed for placement
- Lasts for many years
- Tooth colored
- Sealants can be easily replaced when necessary after several years of normal wear
Sealants are an excellent way to protect chewing surfaces of teeth from decay. They are a much better financial investment than treating decay after it has started.
There are no appropriate alternatives to sealants. If a tooth has decay, it will need a filling or other restoration.