The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this way.
Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the permanent molars.
We believe so strongly in the benefit of sealants that should a sealant that was placed in our office chip or a cavity becomes evident in that tooth between visits, we will replace the sealant or fix the cavity at no charge, provided the patient’s 6 month cleanings and exams are done in our office routinely. This “warranty” is good until age 18.