A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that is applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Commonly in children and teens this is where most tooth decay occurs. Sealants help to protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
This is a short and easy procedure, which does not require drilling or removing of any tooth structure. After the tooth is cleaned, a special gel is placed on the chewing surface for a few seconds. The tooth is then washed off and dried. Then the sealant is painted on the tooth.
Sealants can only be seen up close as they are clear, white, or slightly tinted, typically not visible when your child talks or smiles. Sealants are very thin and only fill the pits and grooves of molar teeth and can last for many years if the correct home care is used. Dr. Perez and her staff will check sealants during your regular dental appointments and sealants can be reapplied if necessary.