Sealants – Silver Spring, MD

A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars & any deep grooves (called pits & fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean & are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.

Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear & chipping at regular dental visits.

Reasons for sealants:

  • Childrenteenagers – As soon as the six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear or any time throughout the cavity prone years of 6-16.
  • Adults – Tooth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions.
  • Baby teeth – Occasionally done if teeth have deep grooves or depressions & child is cavity prone.

What do sealants involve?

Sealants are easily applied by your dentist or dental hygienist & the process takes only a couple of minutes per tooth. The teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned & then surrounded with cotton to keep the area dry. A special solution is applied to the enamel surface to help the sealant bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed & dried. Sealant material is carefully painted onto the enamel surface to cover the deep grooves or depressions. Depending on the type of sealant used, the material will either harden automatically or with a special curing light.

Proper home care, a balanced diet, & regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new sealants. For more information on Sealants,   Request Your Appointment or Call us today at  301-585-1515.