Dentist Questions Dental Sealants

What do sealants do?

My dentist offered sealants to me in my last appointment, but I said no because I didn't know what they were and was only there for a quick exam. But now, I'm wondering, what do sealants do for my teeth?

14 Answers

They protect your teeth.

Sealants are used to help prevent cavities.

Thank you for your question.
Many people have deep grooving and pitting in their teeth (feel with your tongue). This is natural anatomy and nothing is wrong with it. However, these areas are difficult to clean and can lead to cavities in the future. Sealants are a preventative treatment and in my opinion are always recommended. Anything to prevent a problem is better than having to fix a problem.
Sealants are indicated on the occlusal surface of your posterior teeth to prevent caries. It is highly recommended for kids.
Sealants are one of the most effective prevention tools we have as dentists. It is used on children's primary teeth as well as adult permanent molars and premolars. In studies, sealants have shown to reduce cavities on back teeth by almost 75%, so go for it.
Sealants are classically used for deciduous baby teeth do to infants. And inability to effectively clean the teeth themselves without supervision and help to promote good habits. I would question the need for sealants in adult patients with adult teeth as they are much more efficiently equipped to use oral arrogance control their diet and understanding etiology or cause of dental disease are participate in their own self treatment along with routine 6-month checkups at their dentist to your follow-up. Sealants are meant to cover be exposed pits and fissures in the top of the teeth that mesh when you buy it in order to help protect from bacteria between meals that accumulate and lead to cavities
Sealants create a covering over deep grooves in molar teeth in order to prevent decay. They are used in pediatric dentistry.
Sealants are really best for children as their permanent molars and premolars come into the mouth. Sealants seal the grooves of the tooth, preventing food and bacteria from staying there and resulting in cavities. I personally do not place sealants on adults, since if there are no cavities on the biting surface for such a long time, chances are they will never occur.
Sealants are resin protective coatings applied to the deep crevices on the surfaces of molar back teeth. The timing of application of sealants is important, as it should be done immediately after eruption of the molar teeth, i.e. at 6 years for first molars, 12 years for second molars. Later applications might seal in decaying enamel.
Teeth form from multiple parts and those fuse together leaving grooves. These grooves go deep into the tooth where the toothbrush can’t reach. The sealants seep into these grooves so food and bacteria can’t thus preventing cavities.

Stephen Lashen
Sealants are a composite resin material applied to the biting surfaces of the teeth. They are very effective in preventing cavities on the biting surfaces. They are especially helpful if the teeth have deep grooves which may trap plaque, causing decay. They are very beneficial for young people because of the protection they provide. Older people have less need for sealants if they have not had a history of cavities on the biting surfaces of their teeth because they are probably resistant to them.

Carefully applied sealants can last over 20 years. On the other hand, they have a poor longevity if they are hastily done. They are an excellent preventive measure.
What sealants do is provide a barrier of protection against plaque and acids that are produced inside the grooves of teeth. It’s like a Saran Wrap layer on the deep crevices. It helps reduce the possibility of cavities forming in these deep, often impossible to clean, crevices. It’s by no means bullet proof but it does provide and added layer of defense against acid attack and dental cavities.

Sealants are unfilled resin that fill in the deep crevices on the biting surface of the tooth. This will help keep bacteria and food from sticking in those areas and help prevent decay.
Sealants are a flowable resin material that fill in the deep grooves in the back (molar) teeth to help prevent decay. Toothbrush bristles cannot get all the way into the deep grooves, which means that decay can develop, even with brushing. In a nutshell, sealants are a preventative option to ward off development of decay.

In health,

Dr. Rankin