Even with thorough brushing and flossing, it can be difficult to remove the food particles and plaque from the crevices of the back teeth. This missed plaque and food can cause tooth decay. To protect your teeth or your child’s teeth from decay, ask Dr. Laney Schuman about dental sealants in Granite City, Illinois. Dental sealant is a plastic coating that our dentist paints on the chewing surface of the molars and premolars. The dental sealant bonds to your teeth and acts as a shield against plaque and food particles. Children and teenagers usually have dental sealants placed as soon as their molars and premolars come in. The sealants protect their teeth during the cavity prone years. Adults can also benefit from dental sealants if they have no decay or dental fillings in their molars.

To place dental sealants, our dentist will first thoroughly clean the molars and premolars. The teeth are then dried and an absorbent material is placed around them to keep them dry. Our dentist will roughen the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars using an acid solution. Your teeth are rinsed and dried again. Our dentist will then paint the dental sealant onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth, where it hardens in place.

To learn more and to schedule your next visit, contact Midwest Family Dentistry PC today.