What are sealants?
By Gregory F. George
Shauna Ellwood City
The grooves in teeth can be so narrow that a toothbrush can't clean the area. Therefore, food and bacteria can lodge inside. This results in approximately 85 percent of all cavities. A sealant is a liquid resin that can fill these grooves in. After we paint this resin into the grooves, we shine a special light on the resin to bond it to the tooth. Once a tooth is sealed, you can clean it with your toothbrush. Some studies have shown that after 10 years, 66 percent of sealants are still functioning. If a piece cracks off or the sealant fails, we can tell at the regular exam, and it's a simple matter to replace it or touch it up.