What are dental sealants?
Dental sealant is a thin, plastic material that is placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to help shield them from decay.
Why should dental sealants be placed?
The chewing surfaces of the back teeth have grooves that make them susceptible to cavities. These grooves, or fissures, are deep and difficult to clean. Plaque and food particles, which can cause tooth decay, can accumulate there. Dental sealants are placed over these teeth to block out plaque and food particles.
When should dental sealants be placed?
Generally, our dentist will begin placing dental sealants once the first premolar has erupted completely beyond the gums. The molars (except for the wisdom teeth) and premolars usually erupt from about eleven to thirteen years of age. The chewing surfaces of each of these teeth can be sealed as they grow in.
How long do they last?
Dental sealants can last for many years. When you or your child visit us for your routine dental appointments, Dr. Kerry Olszewski will check the dental sealants for signs of wear or leakage. New dental sealants can be placed as needed.
We welcome you to contact Mill Creek General Dentistry at 425-337-5549 today to learn more about dental sealants in Mill Creek, Washington, and to schedule an appointment.