Even with regular tooth brushing and flossing, it is difficult to remove all of the plaque from the deep grooves of the back teeth. To protect your and your children’s teeth against tooth decay, Dr. Karey may recommend dental sealants in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars. The sealant will bond to your teeth, protecting them from plaque and food particles. Although children and teens are the most commonly have dental sealants placed, adults with no decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from dental sealants. When children have sealants painted onto their premolars and molars when they grow in, the sealant protects their teeth from cavities during their cavity-prone years of 6 to 14.
Having dental sealant placed is painless and it only takes a few minutes per tooth. To begin, our dentists will thoroughly clean your back teeth. The teeth are each dried and an absorbent material is placed around each one to keep them dry. The teeth are roughened, which will allow for an ideal bonding process. The teeth are rinsed and dried again. Finally, our dentists will paint the sealant onto the tooth enamel of your molars or premolars. Sometimes a curing light is used to help the sealant harden and bond to the tooth.
We invite you to contact our office today to learn more and to schedule a visit.