Maple Glen, PA Dentist

Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay and cavities on your molars and premolars. These areas are the most susceptible to cavities due to the often deep grooves, or “pits and fissures” that cavity-causing bacteria likes to hide in and your toothbrush cannot reach!

Typically, children get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. These sealants can protect the teeth through the particularly cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. However, older teens and adults with deep pits & fissures without decay or fillings in their teeth can also benefit from sealants.

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

  • We thoroughly clean the teeth and treat them using a special “soap” to etch the teeth and prepare them for bonding
  • The teeth are dried
  • A liquid solution is flowed into the pits & fissures of the teeth being sealed
  • The solution is cured using a special curing light until hard

Sealants act as a barrier and protect the enamel from plaque and acids. They may last for anywhere from a  few months to several years before a reapplication is needed, but sealants are not meant to be permanent. While the sealant remains intact, the deep grooves will be protected from decay. Dr. Lewin recommends having lost or leaking sealants replaced, especially if there is a history of tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

Sealants are not a substitute for brushing and flossing your teeth. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep up with professional dental cleanings. Also, sealants do not protect between the teeth, so it is essential to continue to floss daily.

For more information or to request an appointment, contact Beyond Dentistry.