Dental sealants are a protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth which are more susceptible to decay due to the grooves and depressions that can collect food particles and plaque. Sealants work by filling in these grooves, creating a smooth surface that is easier to clean and more resistant to cavities.

The process first involves cleaning and drying the tooth. Next, we apply an acidic gel to roughen the tooth surface, which helps the sealant bond more effectively. After a few moments, we rinse off the gel, dry the tooth again and then apply the sealant material and cure it with a special light. The whole process takes just a few minutes per tooth and can provide protection for up to 10 years, though we recommend regular checkups to monitor the sealants and reapply them if necessary.

Sealants are usually for children and teenagers because the likelihood of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars is highest during these years. However, adults can also benefit from a sealant so long as their oral health remains intact.

In addition to being an effective form of preventive dental care, dental sealants are also a cost-effective strategy. The cost of applying sealants is lower than the cost of treating cavities that could develop without this protection. By investing in sealants, you are not just protecting your teeth; you are also saving on future dental expenses.

Our team is here to answer any questions you may have about dental sealants and to help you determine if they are the right choice for you or your family. We believe in using all the tools at our disposal to maintain your oral health and prevent problems before they start. Sealants are just one of the many ways we strive to keep your smile healthy and bright.

If you think you would benefit from a dental sealant in Highland and Lehi, Utah, call to schedule your appointment at our dental practices with our dentists, Drs. Brett Richins, CJ Dorny or Katie Gifford, today.