Jennifer Kirwan, DDS - Sealants
Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities forming in the small grooves in a tooth. As these grooves and pits are so small the toothbrush is unable to removed bacteria. Once the sealant is placed the groove is somewhat flatter and the toothbrush is able to cleanse the area much more effectively. The plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of any tooth that shows the characteristics of developing decay. The most common being the permanent molars. The recommendation for sealants is considered on a case-by-case basis.

The longevity of a sealant varies. Sealant in place 3-5 years are generally accepted as successful. It is not uncommon to have a sealant still be intact through adulthood. Sealants are successful while children are young as hygiene is not always optimal. Even a broken sealant can protect the deep grooves of teeth from cavities. It is important to have routine exams to monitor these sealants for reapplication or repair when necessary.

Sealants are usually performed in one visit and require no special instruction after the procedure. Patients can eat immediately after the placement. The process of sealant placement can be viewed by clicking here.

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