What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a thin coating of plastic material that is painted over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect against cavities. Brushing and flossing removes food and plaque from teeth, but toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the grooves of the back teeth. Sealants protects these areas by blocking out food and plaque. If you would like to protect your molars or premolars against cavities, ask Dr. Sean Kennelly about dental sealants in Centennial, Colorado.

Children and teenagers are often the ones to have dental sealants placed, but adults without decay or fillings in their molars are also candidates for dental sealants. Dental sealant placement is a quick and painless process. Our dentist will thoroughly clean each tooth, and then the teeth are dried and absorbent material is put around them to keep them dry. A gentle acid solution is used to roughen the tooth, allowing for a stronger bonding process. The teeth are rinsed and dried again, and the sealant is then painted onto the tooth, where it bonds and hardens onto the tooth. A curing light may be used to help the sealant harden. To learn if dental sealants are for you and to schedule your next visit, we invite you to contact our dental office today!