A dental sealant is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where dental decay occurs most often. A sealant prevents tooth decay by completely covering the pits and grooves of the chewing surfaces and blocking out food and germs that cause decay. Dental sealants are most beneficial to patients when placed on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in.
How is a dental sealant placed?
Receiving a sealant is simple, painless, and takes only a few minutes. The tooth is cleaned and treated with a solution that will join the dental sealant to the tooth. The sealant is painted onto the tooth, where it quickly hardens and forms a protective barrier around the tooth. When properly cared for, dental sealants can last for up to ten years. Please call Blue Ribbon Dental for more information about receiving a sealant and maintaining your dental health.