Sealants are clear or white plastic like materials that are placed in the grooves of the biting surfaces of back teeth.

image12Back teeth can have deep grooves and pits that are very difficult or impossible to keep clean since toothbrush bristles are often too big to fit into the grooves and pits. Therefore, plaque, which is a nearly invisible film of bacteria and food, collects in these grooves.

Every time we eat, the bacteria in plaque forms acid. Without sealants, these acid attacks can cause the enamel to break down and lead to decay.

image13A sealant is a plastic like material that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth—premolars and molars. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids.

Sealants are an important part of a preventive dental care program.  However, not all teeth are candidates for sealants.  Dr. Victor carefully evaluates each tooth and a patient’s historical risk of tooth decay to determine if sealants are appropriate for you.