Sealants: Preventive and Proactive
The chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth have grooves that make them vulnerable to decay. Dental Sealants are thin layers of resin that are placed on the pits, fissures, and grooves of molars to prevent decay (or further decay) on these surfaces.
There is a possibility that tooth decay may develop on surfaces in between teeth, however dental sealants significantly reduce the overall chance of developing cavities.
When to Consider Dental Sealants?
First Adult Teeth
Ideally the first round of dental sealants is applied when the first permanent molar tooth has erupted completely beyond the gum, exposing the chewing surface.
While the molars and premolars continue to erupt through the gums until approximately age eleven to thirteen, sealants can be applied at any time to protect these adult teeth. You do not need to wait until all teeth have erupted from beneath the gums to apply a sealant. In fact, the earlier you can protect a tooth, the less damage existing bacteria can do.
Never Too Late
Typically, the last application of a dental sealant is to wisdom teeth, which come through by age 21.
That said, many adults with advancing tooth decay look to sealants as a preventive measure that they didn’t have available to them as children.
Talk to Dr. Bis to determine if dental sealants are the right choice for you.