Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth -- usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) -- to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into and grooves of the teeth forming a protective coating over the enamel of each tooth.

Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into all the grooves of the back teeth to remove the food and plaque. A Dental sealant protects these unprotected areas from tooth decay by "sealing out" plaque and food.

Who Should Get Dental Sealants?

Because of the likelihood of developing decay in the grooves of the premolars and molars, children and teenagers are distinct candidates for sealants. Also, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.

How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?

Sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked for chipping at regular dental visits. Your hygienist can replace sealants when necessary.

Our family dental care at Park Ave Dental Associates serves patients needing dental sealants in Cranston, Providence, Johnston, and Warwick RI.