December 12th, 2016
Dental sealants can prevent decay in the most vulnerable areas—the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth.
Fast, Painless and Proven Effective!
Brushing and flossing help prevent decay by cleaning the smooth surfaces of your teeth. The brush brissles are too small reach deep into the grooves, but the bacteria can easily reach these areas. Sealants help prevent decay by “sealing out” bacteria and food from those impossible-to-reach nooks and crannies.
They’re Not Just for Kids!
Some insurance companies have recognized the adult benefits, and they have started offering coverage! Even if insurance companies do not cover the service, often the out-of-pocket expense is less then a copay on one filling!
The sealant is applied to grooves and fissures of tooth surfaces, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. They require no anesthsia. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants can last several years before a reapplication is needed.