Sealants are used to protect teeth from decay. A type of preventive dental treatment, sealants can effectively prevent tooth decay and maintain the health of your smile. A dental sealant is created from a plastic resin that is painted onto the chewing surface of the tooth. Dr. Everett Eklund, our friendly dentist, most often recommends dental sealants for the permanent back molars because they are a common site of decay. We may suggest sealants for your child soon after their back molars come in, which is usually between the ages of 6 and 12. Sealants may also be a good preventive measure for adult patients whose teeth are especially prone to decay.
The process for applying dental sealants in Hagerstown, Maryland, is fast and comfortable. Dr. Everett Eklund and his dental team will simply paint the sealant onto the tooth surface; it will harden and bond to the tooth. The sealant creates a smooth surface that is easier to keep clean than the natural grooves and pits of the tooth surface. Sealants also form a protective barrier to block out bacteria and food particles that contribute to tooth decay. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants and preventive dentistry, please call us today at Potomac Dental Centre at 301-790-2007. We are committed to keeping your smile healthy.