Dental sealants have provided us with an opportunity to fight the build up of harmful decay and bacteria in the back molar teeth. These teeth are shaped differently than the rest of our teeth and contain quite a few pits and grooves. These pits and grooves prove harder to brush well and don’t allow for harmful food and drink substances to slide off as easily. Due to the structure of these teeth, the majority of dental restorations (fillings, root canals, and crowns) occur on molar teeth.
Dental sealants contain a thin plastic coating that is painted on to the tooth surface. This makes for a smoother surface with less opportunity for food particles to get trapped and a barrier for bacteria to penetrate. Applying sealants is a quick, simple inexpensive process that can provide good protection for several years. The back molars typically appear around age six and it is best to get those teeth sealed soon after they have fully erupted and before bacteria can begin to cause problems.
Dental sealants are not easily visible and should be checked by your dentist at each dental check-up. They will need to be replaced after several years to maintain their benefits. Many dental insurance companies cover dental sealants in children as a preventative dental benefit.
Please call us at 636-561-5445 if you want more information about how dental sealants can benefit your family’s oral health.