What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a simple, non-invasive treatment used to protect your smile from decay and bacteria. Thin plastic coatings painted onto teeth, sealants act as a protective barrier. At Carolyn Walker, we most often use sealants for children whose permanent teeth have just grown in, or to protect the primary teeth to ensure the proper growth of the permanent teeth. Sealants are most useful when your teeth have not experienced major tooth decay and do not have any dental restorations, such as fillings or crowns. However, sealants can be beneficial for adults as well as children. Dr. Carolyn Walker and Dr. Clarian Lannom, our knowledgeable dentists, will be able to determine whether dental sealants would be right for your smile.

How are sealants applied?

Dental sealants are used for your back teeth, which act as chewing surfaces. Because these teeth have ridges and grooves, bacteria and food particles often get stuck and cause decay. Sealants make your back teeth easier to clean and make the surfaces smooth. Sealants also block food debris and plaque from getting stuck in the pits and grooves of the tooth surface. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants in San Antonio, Texas, and all we can do to take care of your smile, we encourage you to call 210-698-1010 or visit our dental office today. We hope to work with you soon for a healthier, stronger smile!