Frequently Asked Questions

Sealants

Q What are sealants?
A Sealants are a BPA free coating that can be applied to the grooved and pitted surfaces of either permanent or baby teeth. Sealants are most often applied to the biting surfaces of back teeth (molars) as these surfaces are most likely to experience cavities. Most children do benefit from this preventive approach and the application of sealants is easily tolerated.
Q How do sealants work?
A Even if your child brushes and flosses carefully, it is very difficult to clean the tiny grooves and pits on certain teeth. Food and bacteria build up in these crevices, placing your child at greater risk of tooth decay. Sealants will “seal out” food and plaque, thus reducing the risk of decay.
Q What is the treatment like?
A Application of sealants is quick and comfortable. It only takes one visit. The tooth is first cleaned, condition and dried. The sealant is then flowed onto the grooves of the tooth and allowed to harden with a special light. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.
Q How long do sealants last?
A Research shows that sealants can last for many years if properly cared for. Your child will be protected throughout the most cavity prone years if sealants are applied shortly after the molars erupt. If your child has good oral hygiene and avoids biting hard objects, sealants will last longer. Dr. Cavano will check the sealants during routine dental visits and can recommend reapplication or repair when necessary.