Preventative and Diagnostic Services
To prevent cavities from forming, sealants are bonded to teeth to act as barriers against cavity-causing bacteria. Typically, they are placed on the surfaces of back teeth that have fissures and deep grooves—teeth determined to be most susceptible to decay. Sealants create a smoother chewing surface so that teeth do not as easily trap food. Smooth surfaces also make brushing more effective and easier to clean. Sealants are made out of a tooth-colored composite resin and not easily seen in most situations. In fact, in most cases, only a dentist can tell if someone has sealants on his or her teeth. Sealants are often recommended for children and teens; however, adults can be candidates for sealants as well.