A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces the back teeth. This is where dental decay most often occurs. A dental sealant prevents tooth decay by covering the pits and grooves of chewing surfaces and sealing out decay-causing food and germs. Dental sealants are most beneficial when placed on permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in.

How is a dental sealant placed?

The dental procedure is simple and painless. It takes only a few minutes. The tooth is cleaned and treated with a solution that allows the dental sealant to adhere to the tooth. Dental sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth. They can last for up to 10 years. Please call St. Paul Family Dentistry for more information about dental sealants in St. Paul, Minnesota, and to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Drs. Opack, Stanton and Dr. David Opack.