The pits and grooves of your teeth are prime areas for opportunistic decay. Even regular brushing commonly misses some of these intricate structures on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
Sealants are thin coatings applied to the pits and grooves of molar teeth designed to prevent the intrusion of bacteria and other debris into the deep crevices on the tops of your teeth. Sealants actually were developed about 50 years ago, but didn't become commonly used until the 1970s. Today, sealants are becoming widely popular and effective; young children are great candidates for preventative measures like sealants because in many cases, decay has not set in.
The placement of sealants is a trauma free procedure that the hygienist is qualified to apply. They are applied in a few minutes and are long-lasting, requiring re-application every 5-10 years. If you have any questions about sealants, please contact us and feel free to speak to Dr. Pampena or one of our The Pines Dental team members today.