Dental sealants are fillings that are placed in the pits and grooves of your molars, where cavities are more apt to develop. Sealants are a preventative measure that are most commonly placed during childhood or early adolescence, within approximately four years of one’s permanent teeth fully erupting.
During your development there are pits and fissures in your molars that fail to fuse, resulting in microscopic spaces where decay becomes much more likely to develop. Pits and fissures are usually so small that one bristle of a toothbrush is too large to fit into the space. Properly placed sealants fill in those pits and fissures preventing bacteria and food from packing those small spaces, which in turn prevents future decay. As long as those sealants remain in tact the chances of decay developing in the biting surfaces of your molars are exponentially decreased.
Dr. Michael will determine if sealants are an appropriate course of action for you or your child.