Dental sealants are a simple, non-invasive treatment designed to prevent tooth decay and make your teeth easier to clean. A preventive treatment, sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted directly onto the tooth’s surface. Sealants are used on your back teeth, namely your pre-molars and molars, which are often referred to as your chewing surfaces. While these teeth are important to eating and chewing properly, they are also prone to decay and hard to clean with normal brushing and flossing. Bacteria and food particles often get trapped in the deep pits and grooves of your chewing surfaces. Sealants are designed to act as a protective barrier against such decay.
Dr. Russell Cannon normally suggests dental sealants in Irvine, California for children who do not have serious decay on their permanent teeth or whose primary teeth need to be protected to maintain proper growth. However, our adult patients also may benefit if they do not have extensive dental work on their back teeth. To see whether dental sealants are an option for your smile, we encourage you to call our dental office today and schedule a visit with our dentist. We are dedicated to protecting your smile and preventing decay, and we hope you leave our office with more confidence in your overall oral health.