• Dental Sealants

  • A dental sealant is a thin protective coating that is applied to the grooves of back teeth to help prevent decay. Most decay that occurs in children and teens affects the the pits and fissures of their back teeth.  After the tooth is cleaned and isolated the surface(s) to be sealed are prepared with a special gel for several seconds. After washing and drying the sealant  material  is flowed into the grooves and pits and hardened with a special light.  No tooth structure is removed during the painless procedure. Usually the permanent first molars which erupt around age six and the second permanent molars which erupt later around age twelve benefit most from sealants. Many insurance plans pay sealants after these teeth erupt.