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Bridgman Family Dental Care
9151 Red Arrow Highway
Bridgman, MI 49106

(269) 465-5151

Sealants
 

What is a sealant?

A sealant is a plastic type of material (resin) applied to the chewing surface of the back teeth- the premolars and molars.  The resin bonds to the depressions and grooves (called pits and fissures) in the back teeth.  A sealant is a barrier that protects tooth enamel from plaque and acids.

Why are sealants necessary?

The back teeth have uneven pits and fissures that are difficult to keep clean because toothbrush bristles cannot reach into them.  The pits and fissures hold plaque and food debris.  Most tooth decay occurs in these hard to clean grooves.  Sealants form a thin covering to keep out plaque and debris and decrease the risk of decay.

How are sealants applied?

It takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth.  The procedure which is virtually painless, rarely involves drilling or anesthesia.  The teeth are cleaned and chewing surfaces are conditioned to help the sealant adhere to the tooth.  The sealant is “painted” onto the chewing surface, where it flows into the pits and fissures, bonds to the tooth and hardens.  A special curing light may be used to help the sealant harden.

How long do sealants last?

As long as the resin remains intact the chewing surface is protected from decay.  Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing.  They usually last several years before reapplication is needed.  We check the condition of the sealants during regular checkups.

Who is a candidate for sealants?

Children and teenagers are primary candidates for sealants because the likelihood of developing decay begins as soon as the back teeth appear.  Sealants are usually placed on the surfaces of teeth that have not been previously filled and show no signs of decay.  Adults can benefit from sealants too.  Prevention is always better than treatment.  Sealants are extremely effective in preventing tooth decay on the back teeth and can save patients money in the long run.

Call us at 269-465-5151 if you have any other questions about sealants.

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