Dental sealants function as an obstacle to avoid cavities. They are a plastic product usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs most often.
Extensive brushing and flossing aid to get rid of food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles can not reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants safeguard these vulnerable locations by “sealing out” plaque and food.
The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds straight to the tooth and sets. This synthetic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant serves as a barrier, safeguarding enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant continues to be undamaged, the tooth surface area will guard against decay. When applied they can hold up well following the force of ordinary chewing and may last a number of years prior to a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, Dr. Boatman will examine the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.
The possibility of developing pit and crevice decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates. However, grownups can benefit from sealants as well.