A dental sealant is a thin material that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars to seal out decay. The sealant hardens and bonds over the grooves over the teeth, which shields them from cavities. This is done because even with proper brushing and flossing, it is hard to remove plaque from all of the depressions and grooves of the back teeth. If you would like to protect your teeth or your child’s teeth from cavities, ask Drs. David, Samuel, and Augustine Borgmeyer about dental sealants in St. Louis, Missouri.
Children are typically the ones to have dental sealants placed to protect their teeth during the cavity prone ages of 6 to 14. In many cases, they have sealants placed on their premolars and molars as soon as these teeth come in. However, adults can also benefit from sealants. Sealants may be recommended for you if your molars have no decay or fillings. Sealants usually last and protect teeth from cavities for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked for chips and wear regularly by our dentists. Sealants can be repaired or replaced as needed.
We invite you to contact Borgmeyer Dental today to learn if dental sealants are right for you and to schedule your next visit.