Even with proper brushing and flossing, it can be difficult to remove food particles and plaque from the crevices of the back teeth. To protect these areas, Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway may recommend dental sealants in Shelby Township, Michigan. Dental sealant is a thin plastic that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars to prevent tooth decay. The sealant blocks out plaque and food particles. Dental sealants are usually placed on children and teens to protect their teeth during the cavity prone years, but adults can also benefit from dental sealants. You are a candidate if you have no decay or dental fillings in your molars.
Applying dental sealants is a quick and painless process. Our dentists can seal each tooth in just a few minutes. To begin, they will clean your molars or premolars thoroughly. An absorbent material is placed around each tooth to keep it dry. Our dentists will place an acid solution on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them, which will allow for a strong bonding process. The teeth are then rinsed and dried again. The sealant is painted onto the chewing surface of each tooth, where it bonds in place.