Dental Sealants

What causes tooth decay?
Teeth are covered with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. These bacteria change, creating harmful acids that attack the enamel. These attacks break down the enamel and cause cavities. Most often decay occurs on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The tiny grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces are impossible to reach with a toothbrush. A sealant will fill in these tiny grooves and pits to protect the tooth from harmful acid attacks.

How do sealants work?
A sealant is a plastic resin material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The resin fills in the grooves of the teeth and create a barrier against the bacteria that causes tooth decay.

Who needs sealants?
Sealants are most often placed in children and teenagers, but adults can benefit from sealants as well. By placing a sealant, you help prevent tooth decay and eliminate spending time and money on a more extensive treatment in the long run.

Call Franklin Family Dentistry at 317-736-6361 and ask how we can help you prevent your kiddos cavities.