At Chetan Parikh, DMD, MDS, DABDSM, we aim to improve and maintain your oral health. To help prevent tooth decay, we are happy to provide dental sealants in Rockville, Maryland, for our younger patients. A sealant is a clear or tooth-colored plastic material that is applied to the back teeth’s chewing surfaces. This is where tooth decay is most prevalent. To prevent tooth decay in the back teeth, a dental sealant will cover the grooves and pits of the chewing surfaces, effectively sealing out the food and germs that cause decay. Dental sealants are most beneficial to our patients when placed on permanent molars as soon as the teeth erupt, which usually occurs around the age of 6 to 7 years for first molars and 12 or 13 years for second molars.
How is a dental sealant placed?
Placing a sealant is a simple and painless procedure and takes just a few minutes to complete. After cleaning and treating the tooth with a special solution that allows the sealant to bond to the tooth, the liquid sealant is painted on the tooth by Dr. Chetan Parikh. The sealant quickly hardens and forms a shield or barrier over the tooth. With the proper maintenance, sealants can protect your teeth for up to three to five years. The ADA recommends replacing sealants as soon as they are lost or when they start to wear out for patients under the age of 20.
If you would like to learn more about sealants and to schedule a visit with our dentist, we invite you to give our dental practice a call. We are always available to answer your questions about maintaining good oral health!