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Dental sealant is a plastic coating that your dentist will apply to the chewing surfaces of teeth. The purpose of a dental sealant is to prevent tooth decay. The sealant will bond into the grooves and crevices of the teeth, and will provide a thin, protective shield over the vulnerable tooth enamel. This process is especially helpful for the premolars and molars, as many people have trouble reaching their toothbrush into the backs of their mouths.

Brushing and flossing alone does a great job at removing harmful plaque from the smooth surfaces of the teeth, but sometimes have a difficult time getting into the grooves and depressions of the teeth. This is especially true for children. Dental sealant will protect these areas from forming decay.

What is the process of having a sealant applied?

  • First, the teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and any existing plaque will be removed.
  • Next, the teeth will be dried and an acid solution will be applied. This acid solution will help the sealant bond to the teeth.
  • The teeth will be rinsed off and dried thoroughly.
  • Lastly, dental sealant is applied directly to the tooth enamel. It will then bond to the tooth and be hardened with a special light.

Dental sealant can protect the teeth from decay for up to 10 years. However it will be important to have them checked for wear and chipping during your regular dental appointments.

To learn more about dental sealant, please call our office, located in Highlands Ranch.


If you have a dental emergency please call Dr. Chatterley at 303-791-6700. If you have a medical emergency please dial 911.


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