Sealants are a thin layer of plastic that is used to prevent cavities from forming in places prone to decay. They are most often recommended for children, since they are usually most at risk for tooth decay.
Because plaque can build up in the nooks and crannies of your teeth, we often recommend sealing deep pits and fissures in order to help prevent future issues.
Usually, the procedure is performed on children as their adult teeth grow in. Catching them at this early age helps to get their teeth through the decay-prone period that is their adolescence.
There is no drilling involved. The procedure involves our dentists painting a layer of special plastic onto the target tooth. That plastic is then hardened and sealed using a special heat lamp. Usually, the procedure is done on permanent molars, as they have the most fissures and pits and are therefore most likely to present a decay problem.