What is a sealant?
Dental sealants are a type of tooth colored filling material that flows into the grooves of your teeth to help block our bacteria and sugar from getting deep inside.
Why would I want a dental sealant?
A sealant is our first line of defense for a cavity and is great for younger patients or patients with teeth that have very deep grooves. A sealant, if indicated, can help block bacteria from getting into nooks and crannies of your tooth that are difficult to clean.
How does it work?
If your tooth does not have a cavity, but your tooth appears to have deep grooves that would be difficult to clean, a sealant is a great option.
A runny material flows into the grooves and pits of the teeth and a light is used to harden the material, making is strong and resilient to your biting forces.
Once in place, the sealant acts as a seal to prevent bacteria and sugar from getting into those deeper pits and grooves to help prevent a future cavity in that area.