Dental Sealants are applied to protect deep chewing surfaces on the back teeth from tooth decay by keeping cariogenic bacteria (cavity producing bacteria) and food particles out of the grooves.  The placement of sealants is a very delicate procedure. With a skilled dental staff and proper cooperation from the patient, this procedure takes an average of only 20 minutes. Some pateints may be sensitive to the taste of the material used for this procedure.  We make sure the that patient is rinsing during the procedure to reduce the discomfort of an unpleasant taste.  Sealants may last for a very long time with proper care and routinely evaluations by the dentist.  Sealants are not prescribed for every patient. A detailed dental history, clinical and radiographic exam is done prior to prescribing the application of sealants.