Sometimes brushing is not enough. Everyone has hard-to-reach spots in their mouth and brushing doesn't always clean those difficult places. When this happens your child is at risk for tooth decay.Sealants give teeth an extra line of defense against decay.
Dental sealant is a resin that bonds to the deep grooves on the chewing surface of molar teeth. Non BPA plastic sealant material fills the grooves on the tooth and makes the surface less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, tooth brushing becomes easier and more effective against dental decay.
Sealants are usually applied to children’s teeth as a preventative measure when the teeth are at most risk for decay. It is more common to seal permanent teeth but "baby" molars can be sealed as well. Dr. Wilson will recommend sealants when appropriate.
Sealants generally last 4 or 5 years. However, it is not uncommon to see adults with sealants still intact that were placed in childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact. If your child’s sealant wears thin or comes off, we may recommend replacement.