If you are looking for extra protection from cavities for your teeth or your child’s teeth, ask our dentist about dental sealants in Birmingham, Alabama. This thin, plastic coating is placed on the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars to help prevent cavities.
Why are dental sealants used?
The molars and premolars have grooves or crevices that can be very difficult to clean, even with proper brushing. Plaque and food particles can become lodged in these grooves, which can cause decay. Dental sealants are placed to block plaque and food particles out of the crevices of the molars and premolars. This helps reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Who is a candidate for dental sealants?
Children usually have dental sealants placed as their molars and premolars grow in. This usually occurs when a child is 11 to 13 years old. However, adults can have dental sealants placed on the chewing surfaces of back teeth that do not have dental fillings or dental sealants.
How are sealants placed?
Before placing dental sealants, Dr. Reid Marshall will thoroughly clean the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Then the teeth are etched to allow for the sealant to successfully attach to the teeth. The sealant is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars and allowed to harden.
We invite you to contact Marshall Family Dentistry at 205-853-4600 today for more information about sealants and to schedule an appointment.