Tooth decay often occurs on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These surfaces have deep pits and grooves that trap plaque and bacteria and bits of food. The pits and grooves are hard to keep clean because toothbrush bristles cannot reach into them. That is how decay starts in the groove and a cavity forms.
What is a dental sealant?
A dental sealant is a plastic material that is applied to a chewing surface of a back tooth. All of our sealant material at Atlanta Pediatric Dental Specialists is bisphenol-A free.
How do dental sealants work?
To keep decay from starting in the grooves of your back teeth, Dr. Krieger may recommend dental sealants. The sealant material flows into the pits and grooves of the teeth and act as a barrier to 'seal out' plaque and food.
How are sealants applied?
Sealants are easy to apply, and take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Our sealant material is generally clear or white and cannot be seen when your child smiles or talks.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants may last several years before they wear out. Sometimes the sealants become worn away or may come off, and the sealant must be replaced. We will check your child's sealants at each cleaning to be sure the sealant is in place and working well.
Are there any restrictions for my child's diet after sealants?
Sealants hold up well with everyday chewing, but chewing on hard foods, like hard candies and ice, can break down sealants. At Atlanta Pediatric Dental Specialists, we recommend avoiding chewing on hard candies and ice for the life of the sealant.