Small grooves and pits in teeth are common sites for cavities. Sealants fill these grooves and pits to prevent food particles from getting stuck and causing tooth decay. If properly cared for with brushing and flossing, sealants can last for years. Parents and patients are given care guidelines to help protect the sealants. Sealants are generally placed on 6 and 12 year molars, these are permanent teeth that are meant to last a lifetime.
Procedure: The treated teeth are cleaned and conditioned and then the sealant material is placed in the desired area and treated with a special light to harden it. Patients are able to eat and drink immediatly afterwards.