A sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This resin bonds into the depressions and grooves of teeth and acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Combined with proper dental care and regular dental visits, sealants are extremely effective in preventing tooth decay. The first sealant was accepted by the American Dental Association Council on Dental Therapeutics in 1972.
Dr. Geare will clean the surface of the tooth and remove all traces of the cleaning agent. The sealant is applied and allowed to harden by using a special light. Application is painless, and sealants can last from five to 10 years. This preventive procedure can help reduce your future dental expenses and protect your teeth.