Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars and premolars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.
Sealants are a cost-effective means to help prevent cavities in the grooves of back teeth. Sealants are a painless procedure as no numbing or drilling is needed. To place a sealant, an adhesive is first applied to the tooth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the biting surfaces of a tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for quiet a while and can be reapplied if necessary.