Dental Sealants

Peoria Dentists for Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most cases of tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Dental sealants protect the chewing surfaces by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.

When to Consider Dental Sealants:

Permanent molars are the most likely to benefit from application of dental sealants. The first molars usually errupt into the mouth when a child is 6 years old. Second molars appear at the age of 12. It is best if the dental sealant is applied soon after the teeth have fully developed and before they have the chance of decaying.

How are Dental Sealants Applied?

Applying dental sealants does not require drilling or the removal of tooth structure. The dental sealant process is short and easy. After the tooth has been cleaned, a special gel is placed on the chewing surface for a few seconds. The tooth is then wahsed with water and dried. The Dental Sealant is then painted on the tooth and cured with a special UV light to make it hard. The dentist or hygienist will check to make sure the Tooth Sealant fits the bite and will make adjustments if the Tooth Sealant is hitting too hard. The Dental Sealant is tooth colored so it is not visible.