What are Sealants?
Sealants are a physical barrier applied to the tooth’s chewing surface to prevent cavities, most often on the back teeth, premolars, and molars. The top of a molar typically has a lot of grooves, with nooks and crannies that can be difficult to clean with just a toothbrush. Sealants are sometimes used on other teeth with hard-to-reach surface crevices. Your dentist will advise you on what would benefit you the most. Sealants offer that extra layer of protection to maintain a healthy tooth free of decay. In some instances, sealants may be applied over a small cavity to halt the progression of decay. They are usually clear, so your dentist can monitor the tooth to assure no further damage occurs under the sealant.