Sealants are very effective on permanent molars. Their effectiveness depends on how well they fill the very narrow, deep grooves of the sides and chewing surfaces of permanent teeth. They do not coat the entire tooth surface, so using them doesn’t guarantee that teeth will not decay. Yet they certainly decrease the chances of problems in the most commonly decayed areas of those back teeth.
Are sealants really helpful for teeth?
Sealants are a clear or white plastic that are placed in the grooves of the biting surfaces of molars.
Molars have deep grooves and pits that are very difficult to keep clean. Plaque, which is a nearly invisible film of bacteria and food, collects in these grooves.
Every time you eat, the bacteria in plaque forms acid. Without sealants, these acid attacks can cause the enamel to break down and decay. Then you have a cavity.
To place sealants, first your dentist thoroughly cleans the teeth. A conditioning solution is applied, and then the sealant material is brushed into the grooves of the teeth.
Our sealant material hardens on it’s own, while others harden when exposed to a special light. Also, it is important to note that our sealants are BPA free and act as a source of fluoride for the tooth since there is releasable fluoride in the material itself.
Sealants are an important part of a preventive dental care program.