Sealants are thin coatings usually applied to the grooves of children’s and teen’s molars to prevent tooth decay. They keep germs and food particles out of the grooves, keeping the chewing surface clean and healthy.
In children, first molars usually begin entering the mouth at around 6 years of age and second molars appear around age 12. These permanent teeth are the primary location of sealant procedures, as they are applied before decay can even begin.
Application is very straightforward and requires no drilling or removal of tooth structure. The tooth is simply cleaned, prepared (by a special gel material), dried, and then the sealant is painted on the tooth. A special light helps harden the sealant quickly and the teeth are sealed and protected.
A sealant can last for as long as 5 to 10 years, and they can be checked and reapplied as necessary.
If you’re interested in sealants for your child, we invite you to contact us by phone at (207) 947 – 0717 or by Requesting an Appointment Online. We look forward to serving your family’s dental needs!