Dental Sealants

Sealants are a thin coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. The liquid fills in and bonds to the grooves and depressions of the premolars and molars in the back of your mouth to act as a protective barrier for each tooth.

What are the benefits of sealants?

Sealants have shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. They act as an umbrella for your tooth, protecting the enamel by keeping food particles and bacteria out of the nooks and crannies of each tooth.

Should I get sealants?

We encourage children and adults to get sealants as early as possible or as soon as children see their molars come in.

Is it safe for kids to get sealants?

While Dr. Gradeless will carefully consider the needs of each patient, it’s usually beneficial for kids to get sealants as soon as their molars appear (around age 6 and age 12). If those teeth are sealed as soon as they come in, they will have a better chance of being cavity-free from the very beginning.

Is the process complex?

Getting sealants is a quick and painless procedure. Dr. Gradeless will clean and dry your tooth and then paint it with an acidic gel. That gel will make the surface of your tooth rough so that the bond between the tooth and the sealant is strong. Once the gel is rinsed off and the sealant is applied, Dr. Gradeless will use a blue light to dry the liquid.

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