Sealants are a prevention for tooth decay down the road. A sealant is a plastic resin material that is used to fill deep grooves in teeth that might be hiding plaque and bacteria. Once they are filled, cleaning those teeth becomes much easier.
How are sealants placed?
Sealants are easy and pain free for you or your children. They don’t require any numbing of the tooth because we don’t have to drill down into the tooth like we do for a cavity. The tooth is roughened and the grooves are cleaned out. The plastic resin then placed on the tooth and chemically bonded to the the tooth to create a clean, smooth surface.
Are they just for kids?
While most people think of sealants as just something you do for kids, they have benefits for anyone with deep grooves in their teeth. In children, the goal is to make the sealant last long enough for them to grow up and learn to care for their teeth better. In adults and teens, we can use stronger materials to fill those grooves creating a more permanent fix. This is commonly referred to as a preventative resin restoration or PRR for short. Ask Dr. McCue if a sealant or a PRR is right for you or your child.