Sealants play a key role in preventing tooth decay and maintaining strong oral health. Make a quick appointment with Culp Dental to see if this is the right solution for you or your child.
What Are Sealants?
Sealants are composite resin (plastic) coatings that are applied to deep, inaccessible pits and fissures in teeth, such as the chewing surfaces on back molars which cannot be cleaned easily with a toothbrush. This coating is formed to prevent food particles and plaque from becoming embedded in those spaces and causing cavities. The sealant acts as a barrier by protecting the enamel from accumulating plaque and debris.
Who Should Get Them?
The likelihood of developing decay in fissures of the molars begins early, which is why sealants are typically recommended for children and teenagers. However, adults can also benefit from sealants and they can last several years.
How Are Sealants Applied?
First, we’ll paint the sealant onto your tooth enamel, where it bonds to the chewing surfaces of the tooth and hardens. The sealant acts as a barrier by protecting the enamel from plaque and acids. While sealants last several years, your dentist checks their condition during regular exams, and if necessary, they can be reapplied.