Sealants

sealantsShoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, WA

You may have noticed that your back teeth, known as molars and premolars, have deep crevasses on the chewing surface. These crevasses are most prone to decay. Even regular brushing and good oral hygiene can sometimes not prevent bacteria from lurking in these deep areas of your teeth. A simple and convenient way to remedy this problem is with sealants.

What are sealants?

Sealants are plastic like material that is applied to the chewing surface of your teeth. The material is tooth-colored so that it will blend in nicely. Once applied, you will never be able to tell that you have them. You will be able to bite and chew as normal.

What is the purpose of sealants?

Sealants fill in the deep crevasses of your teeth to prevent bacteria and decay from settling in these areas. Sealants also help make oral hygiene easier.

Who gets sealants?

Sealants are most effective in children and young adults before decay has a chance to develop. However, even adults can benefit from sealants, as long as there are no signs of decay in the teeth.

How are sealants applied?

Sealants are easily applied at the dental office. The hygienist simply cleans your teeth beforehand, then, applies the material directly to the chewing surface of your back teeth. Once the material sets, you can resume your regular activities of eating or drinking.

To schedule your next visit, contact Hoag and Dotsch today. We welcome patients of Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, Washington.