A dental sealant is a preventive treatment that our skilled dentist might suggest to protect your teeth from decay. A sealant is a clear or tooth-colored resin that we paint onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth. This resin forms a protective shield over the enamel, blocking out bacteria and food particles that can lead to tooth decay and cavities. By covering the natural grooves and pits on your teeth, sealants also make it easier to clean them thoroughly with regular brushing.

Dental sealants are especially beneficial for children, who are often more prone to cavities. We usually recommend applying sealants to the permanent molars as soon as they come in, which typically happens between the ages of 6 and 12. However, adults can also benefit from sealants, particularly if their teeth are susceptible to decay or if they have deep grooves that are difficult to clean.

The process of applying dental sealants is quick and painless. In just one short visit to State Street Dental, we can apply the sealant and provide an extra layer of protection for your teeth. The procedure involves cleaning the tooth, applying a special gel to roughen the surface, and then painting on the sealant. We then use a special light to harden the sealant, ensuring it bonds securely to your tooth.

Sealants are a simple yet effective way to maintain your oral health and prevent future dental issues. They can last for several years, but Dr. Gregory Davis will check them regularly during your dental visits to ensure they remain intact.

Investing in dental sealants is an investment in your overall dental health. If you have any questions about dental sealants in Boise, Idaho, or would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, give us a call at 208-939-1700. Our friendly team is here to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.