Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early. The enamel is most susceptible to decay when the tooth first begins to erupt. For this reason, sealants are most effective the sooner they are placed on the chewing surface of the tooth.
To place a sealant an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. We use a curing light to hardent the sealand and this creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants are a completely painless procedure and can be done on children or adults.