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What are dental sealants?

A dental sealant is a thin, plastic material that is painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (the molars and the premolars) to help protect them from decay.

Why should dental sealants be placed?

The chewing surfaces of the back teeth have crevices that make them vulnerable to decay. These grooves, or fissures, are deep and difficult to clean properly. Plaque and food particles can accumulate there. Dental sealants are placed over these teeth to block out plaque and food particles.

When should dental sealants be placed?

Generally, our dentist will begin placing dental sealants once the first premolar has erupted completely beyond the gums. The molars (except for the wisdom teeth) and premolars usually erupt from about eleven to thirteen years of age. The chewing surfaces of each of these teeth can be sealed as they erupt.

Are dental sealants also helpful for adults?

Dental sealants are not as commonly used on adults, but they can still protect adult teeth from cavities. However, dental sealants cannot be placed on teeth that have dental fillings or decay on the chewing surfaces.

We encourage you to contact Sukyoung Ahn DDS at 530-342-0104 today to learn more about dental sealants in Chico, California, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sukyoung Ahn.