You have probably heard of the term dental sealant and been unsure what the procedure is meant to accomplish. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings placed over the chewing surfaces of teeth to help protect them from developing dental decay. They cover the “pits and grooves” of teeth, the little crevices where food and plaque tend to accumulate.
The sealants are applied by the dentist or dental hygienist on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. It will go on as a liquid so it is able to flow in to the little grooves and pits and then it quickly hardens when a curing light is applied to provide a protective covering over the surface of the tooth. It is a very minimally invasive procedure with little to no discomfort and may protect the tooth for many years to come. Seeing your dentist on a regular basis is the best way to help ensure everything remains in good condition. If you have any questions about dental sealants, don’t hesitate to ask your local Boise dentists at your next appointment with Summit Dental Boise.