A dental sealant is a thick, plastic coating on the chewing surfaces of the teeth which prevents tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depression and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. Sealants protect the teeth by "sealing out" plaque and food.

Dr. Powell uses laser technology to discern which grooves in the teeth need sealants

Because children and teenagers are prone to develop cavities when their permanent molars and pre-molars come in, sealants can protect the teeth through these cavity-prone years of 6 to 14. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.

Applying sealants is a simple and painless process that takes only minutes to apply. Sealants can protect the teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental check-ups. Sealants can be replaced as necessary.