What is a Sealant?
A sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth—premolars and molars. The plastic resin in a sealant bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant then acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids which cause tooth decay. The procedure to place a sealant takes only a few minutes for each tooth.
Developmental depressions and grooves of the teeth need extra protection because they are difficult to clean. They are the most frequently decayed surfaces of the teeth. Some studies show sealants have reduced tooth decay over 90 percent. This high rate of success is why the American Dental Association recommends that all children and adults have sealants applied to their permanent premolars and molars. These teeth generally start appearing around age 6 or 7. Properly placed, a sealant should remain 1 to 5 years or longer before needing repair or replacement.
AccuCare's Sealant Club?
One of AccuCare’s staff members will apply the sealants to the permanent teeth and with regular evaluations, the sealants are checked for wear and repaired or replaced as necessary at no cost to the patient. If a sealant-coated permanent tooth ever appears decayed at the recall evaluation and cleaning appointment, AccuCare will fill that surface of the tooth at no cost to the patient.