Teeth Protection with Dental Sealants

At Seven Rivers Dental, we use dental sealants as an effective preventive dental procedure used to protect teeth from cavities and decay. They are essentially plastic coatings painted on the chewing surface of the teeth to protect teeth from decay. While sealants are most often used in children through an application on the baby molars, adults can also benefit from dental sealants. This is especially true if they suffer from pits or fissures as they create hard-to-brush areas in between teeth.

Dental Sealant Process

The application of dental sealants is quick and completely non-invasive—they can be applied in just one visit at our office. We will start by performing an initial cleaning and evaluation. We will then apply the plastic coatings one tooth at a time. The sealants flow into the grooves of the tooth and either hardens on its own or is assisted with a special light source.

Once the sealants have hardened, the teeth are completely protected from bacteria. The sealant also acts as a barrier to protect enamel from outside factors such as plaque or acids. Dental sealants from our office can last for several years before a reapplication is considered. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface is protected from decay.

Want to learn more about dental sealants? Contact Seven Rivers Dental at (630) 257-1010 about dental sealants and how this procedure can help protect your teeth.