What is a sealant?
A dental sealant is a preventive treatment our dentists may recommend to protect your teeth from tooth decay. The sealant is a simple yet effective coating that is painted onto the chewing surface of the tooth. Made of clear or tooth-colored resin, the sealant blends in with the appearance of your smile. Sealants work by blocking out the bacteria, acids, and plaque that lead to tooth decay. This is especially important for the back teeth (molars and pre-molars), which are pitted with natural grooves. These grooves are difficult to keep clean through normal brushing, making them a common site of decay. The sealants seal off these grooves and cracks to keep them free of decay. Sealants also create a smooth surface on the tooth, making it easier to keep clean through your daily brushing.
Do I need sealants?
Dr. Calder and team typically recommend dental sealants in Spring, Texas, for children as soon as their permanent pre-molars and molars come in. This keeps them free from decay from the start. Sealants may also be a good choice for some adult patients. We invite you to call or visit our dentists at Comfort Dental Excellence today to learn more about sealants and their benefits.