What are they?
Sealants are plastic coatings that mechanically attach to the tooth.
Where are they placed?
They are placed on the tops and sides of permanent teeth.
Do they prevent decay?
Yes, but not between the teeth. Brushing and flossing are still necessary.
What are they made of and are they dangerous to your health?
They are made of the same type of material that are used for white fillings in the mouth and they are not dangerous to your health.
What teeth are sealants usually placed on?
They are usually placed on primary and permanent molars and bicuspids.
When is the best time for a sealant to be placed on a tooth?
The best time to place a sealant on a tooth is shortly after it erupts into the mouth.
How are they placed on the teeth?
They are brushed on the teeth.
How long do they last?
Recent studies have shown they last between 5-8 years. Usually the top surface wears from the biting pressures and they need to be watched to make sure they are in place. This is usually done at the 6th month recall visit.
Can they be replaced if they are worn off?
Are there any restrictions on eating?
Yes, you cannot chew on ice or popcorn kernels. You can eat right after they are placed.
Do your teeth feel different after sealants have been placed?
Yes, for a few days following the placement of the sealants, you feel as though you are biting on the sealant (which you are). This is normal.