Tooth sealants are a dental treatment intended to prevent tooth decay. Over time, teeth often flatten on their biting surfaces; the back teeth have fissures (grooves) and some front teeth have pits. These pits and fissures are most vulnerable to tooth decay, because they are hard to clean and food tends to get stuck in them.
Sealants are accepted as an effective preventive method for decay, and as long as the sealant remains adhered to the tooth, caries can be prevented.
Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque.
Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by "sealing out" plaque and food. Sealants can last up to 10 years. But they need to be checked at regular dental check-ups to make sure they are not chipped or worn away.
Sealants are materials placed in these pits and fissures to fill them in, creating a smooth surface that is easy to clean. Dental sealants are mainly used in children who are at higher risk of tooth decay, and are typically placed as soon as the adult molar teeth come through.
The expert doctors at Care Dental will best recommend you to restore the teeth which require sealants to keep them decay free forever.