Patients who would like sealants to protect their children’s teeth should contact Gallagher Dentistry & Facial Pain Center. Sealants are applied to the groves and chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect from bacteria and tooth decay. Tooth decay causes permanent damage to the teeth, and sealants act as a protective barrier for the teeth.
Sealants typically last for five to ten years. We place sealants on new molars around age 6, and the sealants should be placed soon after the teeth have fully grown through the gums. While sealants are typically used on children and teenagers, adults can have sealants applied to their teeth as well.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Sealants
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Sealants
What happens during the procedure for sealants?
Anesthesia is not required. The teeth are cleaned and a special gel is applied, rinsed and the teeth are dried. The dentist paints the sealant on and uses a light to harden the material. The teeth must be kept dry to place sealants and the dentist may wrap cotton around the teeth to keep the teeth dry during the procedure.
Is there any pain associated with the procedure for sealants?
No, since sealants do not require drilling or the removal of tooth enamel.