If you would like to protect your teeth from decay and cavities, Dr. James D. Schuette may recommend sealants. Dental sealants are a type of preventive care that can prevent tooth decay from damaging your teeth. Sealants are typically placed on the back teeth (molars and pre-molars). The chewing surfaces of these teeth are pitted with grooves and ridges that can easily trap bacteria, food debris, and plaque, which cause tooth decay. The sealant is a simple coating that is placed on the chewing surface of the tooth to block out these decay-causing particles and to create a smooth surface on the tooth. This makes the tooth easier to clean with normal brushing and protects the tooth from decay.

Our experienced dentist frequently recommends dental sealants in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, for our young patients as soon as their permanent molars erupt, which is usually between the ages of six and twelve. Sealants may also be helpful for adult patients whose back teeth do not have restorations. The process for placing dental sealants is quick and painless, requiring the use of no shots, needles, or drilling. We invite you to call or visit us today for more information about sealants and how they can keep your smile healthy.