Sealants for Teeth

Sealants effectively prevent tooth decay and cavities on your molars and premolars. These areas are the most susceptible to cavities due to the anatomized grooves.

Typically, children get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars when these teeth come in. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.

The Process

The process of applying sealants is easy and fast. The application steps are as follows:

  1. A thorough cleaning is done
  2. Each tooth is then dried
  3. A solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to help them bond to the teeth.
  4. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens.

Sealants act as a barrier and protect the enamel from plaque and acids. They may last for several years before a reapplication is needed. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. They are not a substitute for brushing your teeth. It is essential to maintain proper oral hygiene. Also, they do not protect the teeth, so it is necessary to continue to floss daily.

Contact Our Shelby Township Office for More Information

If you need more information on sealants or want to schedule an appointment, call our office or stop by our conveniently located office today.

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