What is a sealant?

A dental sealant is a thin coating of resin material that is applied to the chewing surface of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. While sealants are very simple, they are also highly effective in preventing decay. The sealant works by creating a barrier that blocks out the bacteria, plaque, and food particles that lead to decay. Sealants are most often used on the molars and pre-molars because these teeth have natural grooves and pits that are difficult to keep clean and are a common site of decay. The sealant also forms a smooth surface over these grooves, making it easier to effectively clean your teeth with normal brushing.

Do I need a sealant?

Drs. Farber and Farber typically recommend dental sealants for our young patients as soon as their permanent molars erupt, which is usually between six and twelve years of age. In some cases, sealants may also be a good choice for our adult patients. The process for placing a dental sealant in Dearborn, Michigan, is fast, painless, and simple. Because the sealants are made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material, they are invisible in your smile. We invite you to contact us today at Dearborn West Dental to learn more about how sealants can help to keep your smile healthy and free from decay. Our dentists are eager to help you protect your smile!