Tooth decay most often occurs on the chewing surfaces on our back teeth. Sealants can offer protection against cavities. Sealants are a plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces, that bonds into the grooves and pits of the back teeth. By forming a thin coating over the grooves, sealants keep out plaque and food particles and decrease the risk of decay.
Sealants are easy and painless to apply. The grooves of the teeth to be sealed are cleaned and conditioned to help the sealant adhere to the tooth. The sealant is applied to the enamel and sometimes a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden and bond directly to the tooth. Sealants remain intact under the force of normal chewing for several years before reapplication is needed.