What is a sealant?
A sealant is a preventive dental treatment that can effectively protect your teeth from decay. A dental sealant is a coating formed from a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the pre-molars and molars (back teeth) to prevent cavities. This plastic resin bonds with the surface of the tooth to seal off the grooves, pits, and depressions on the tooth, protecting them from bacteria and food particles that lead to tooth decay. The dental sealant forms a smooth surface that is easier to clean, and it also acts as a barrier to block out plaque and acids.
Do I need a sealant?
Our experienced dentist, Dr. Nadia Hamouda, may recommend dental sealants as a way to protect your teeth from decay. Dental sealants in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are most often recommended for the permanent molars and pre-molars as soon as they come in, which is usually between the ages of 6 and 12 years. In some cases, sealants may be recommended for adults whose teeth are especially prone to decay if the molars do not have existing restorations.
We invite you to call or visit our friendly dental office today to learn more about the benefits of sealants. Our team at White Pearl Dentistry is dedicated to helping you keep your smile in the best possible health!