What are dental sealants?

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A dental sealant is a thin layer of resin that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth to protect your deep grooves. The resin fills in the grooves and seals them off, keeping bacteria and the acids they produce from creating cavities.

The grooves of your teeth are the most common place for cavities to develop. They are difficult to keep clean, even with the best brushing technique. We clean these grooves during your regular cleanings, but plaque and tartar can build up in between cleanings and create problems.

Sealants are commonly used in children, especially those who have their permanent molars in. Sealants are not just for children, however, and can be used in anyone with particularly deep grooves or who happens to be prone to cavities.

Sealants are applied as a liquid with a brush and are then cured. Once they have hardened, they will stay in place for several years. We’ll check the condition of your sealants at each visit and let you know if they need to be reapplied. Sealants are difficult to see and, for the most part, blend in with your teeth. They can be seen from up close, but will most likely not be noticed when you are speaking normally.

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