Dental Sealants An Overview
Dental sealants are placed on teeth with multiple cusps to prevent tooth decay and preserve the natural structure of the larger teeth. Dr. Miller will recommend placing dental sealants when the larger molars have erupted, typically between the ages of 6 and 12.
According to the American Dental Association, dental sealants have been shown to reduce the incidence of cavities by nearly 80%. Placing dental sealants is a quick, painless way to support your child’s developing smile and minimize tooth decay.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are made of a thin white material or other dental material that can serve as a barrier against food particles and bacteria. They are not considered permanent and will last for 2 to 3 years on average, but can last longer if hygiene is optimal and the patient takes good care of their oral health. Dr. Miller will monitor the condition of your child’s sealants while they are in our care to make sure the protective barrier they provide is intact.