Sealants are an excellent way to protect permanent molars against tooth decay. These are the teeth that are most
vulnerable to decay because they erupt so early in life and are the most difficult to reach and clean. First Molars come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. If a child is susceptible to decay, it is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.
Sealant Placement process
Placing a sealant is a simple and painless procedure that begins with the top or occlusal surface of the tooth being cleaned.
Then a primer is applied to the teeth.
The sealant is then placed over the primer as a liquid and is painted onto the tooth.
The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between the tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria.
Sealants are long lasting and can be reapplied if necessary.