A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of 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 our office for more information about how this service can help maintain your dental health.