Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating placed on the chewing surface of a tooth. The sealant quickly bonds into the deep groves of the teeth (pre-molars and molars) and forms a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. A high percentage of dental decay begins in this deep grooves. Children and teenagers are obvious candidates for sealants. However, some adults without tooth decay or fillings in their molars and pre-molars can also benefit from sealants.
Typically, patients should get sealants on their permanent molars and pre-molars as soon as these teeth come in. Applying sealants is a very simple and painless procedure. It takes only minutes to seal each tooth.
Sealants can protect your teeth from decay for many years, but they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental check-ups. They can be replaced if necessary