Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay. Age 6 and 12 are typically the times when new molars erupt that need to be sealed.
Sealants are typically placed on the permanent molars of children under the age of 17. Sometimes, Dr. Chunn will recommend that sealants be placed on premolars or even baby teeth if the child is particularly prone to decay. Occassionally, sealants are placed on adults. Once decay is present or a filling has been placed, sealants are not an option.