What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of the premolars and molars. Toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the grooves of these teeth to remove plaque. The sealant is painted on the teeth to seal out the plaque and food particles, thus protecting the tooth from cavities. In order to place dental sealants, Dr. Gregory G. Oman must first thoroughly clean the teeth. The teeth are then dried and cotton is placed around them to keep them dry. Our dentist may put a gentle acid solution on the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars; the rough surface this produces will bond well with the sealant. The acid solution is rinsed off and the teeth are dried. Finally, our dentist paints the tooth enamel on your teeth, where it bonds in place.

Are dental sealants right for me?

Sealants especially benefit children and teenagers, who are typically more cavity prone from ages six to fourteen. However, if you are an adult without decay or fillings in your molars, our dentist may also recommend dental sealants in Bountiful, Utah. Please feel free to contact our office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.