A common problematic area in the mouth is the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth (premolars and molars). These areas are magnets for bacteria and stray food particles, providing safe havens where they can cling and gradually cause decay. Because they’re still learning how to brush and floss properly, children are most likely to fall victim to these concerns – that’s why Dr. Marc Dandois and the rest of our team are likely to recommend dental sealants as a solution.
Simply put, dental sealants are a thin piece of plastic film that we directly apply to the tooth’s chewing surface. The length of the process will depend on the number of the teeth that require sealants, but in most cases, it doesn’t take more than an hour, and patients are able to remain comfortable throughout. Once in place, the sealants creates a strong barrier that will keep out decay-causing agents and reduce the risk of cavities overall.
With professional maintenance and at-home oral hygiene, dental sealants should last for 10 years or even longer. Please contact our Carrollton, TX practice today if you’d like to learn more, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment for you or your child. Our team looks forward to welcoming you!