The deep pits and fissures of newly erupted molar teeth can be areas that are highly susceptible to tooth decay. This is why Dr. Vick may recommend sealants on a child's permanent molar teeth. A dental sealant is a highly conservative and effective treatment that can prevent early tooth decay
The application of a dental sealant is a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored coating is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves and protects the enamel from decay causing bacteria.
Dental sealants typically only take a few minutes to apply to each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.