What is a sealant?

A dental sealant is a preventive treatment used to protect your teeth from decay and prevent cavities. The sealant is a very thin coating of a plastic resin material that covers the chewing surface of the tooth, sealing out the plaque, bacteria, acids, and food debris that contribute to tooth decay. Sealants are especially important for the back teeth, or molars and premolars. These teeth are common sites of decay because they have natural pits and grooves where bacteria and food particles may become lodged and lead to decay. The sealant creates a barrier over these grooves and also forms a smooth surface on the tooth that is easier to keep clean through regular brushing.

Do I need sealants?

Dr. Alberto A. Herrero most often recommends dental sealants for children when their permanent molars and premolars erupt; this is usually between the ages of six and twelve. Our dentist may also recommend a dental sealant in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for adults whose teeth have not been affected by decay in the past. Placing sealants requires just one comfortable visit to our office. For more information and to learn more about preventive dentistry, we welcome you to call or visit us today. We are eager to care for your smile!