Many parents accept cavities as a natural part of childhood, but there’s actually no reason why your kids should suffer from tooth decay. By combining good oral care with dental sealants, you can protect teeth.
What Are Dental Sealants?
A dental sealants is a thin coating of plastic that bonds with the tooth. We usually place dental sealants on any molars and premolars that have deep grooves that could easily trap food particles. However, dental sealants are available for any teeth, including baby teeth with deep depressions. It is important to protect baby teeth from decay to maintain the proper spacing in the mouth and ensure adult teeth erupt in the right place.
When Can Children Receive Sealants?
We offer dental sealants to children as soon as the premolars erupt. We recommend children and teenagers keep dental sealants on their teeth between the ages of 6 and 14, which is when teeth are most likely to suffer from decay. We also offer dental sealants to adults who are at a high risk of cavities.
You or your kids can receive dental sealants at a routine checkup. The procedure only takes a few minutes per tooth and is completely painless — no anesthesia is necessary.
We will begin by cleaning your teeth, just like in a regular dental cleaning. This will ensure no bacteria or debris remains on the tooth under the sealant. Next, we dry the tooth using an absorbent material. Once the tooth is dry, we apply a small amount of acidic solution to the biting surface. This creates a rough texture to enable the sealant to bond to the tooth.
Before we apply the sealant, we rinse and dry your teeth once again. Finally, we paint the sealant directly onto the enamel, where it hardens and forms a protective layer. Our sealants can continue to protect your teeth for up to 10 years.