What are Sealants?
Sealants are thin, clear coverings that are applied over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. For children, it can sometimes be difficult and even impossible to keep the back grooves and fissures of these teeth perfectly clean. This is why these areas are more prone to decay and the need for subsequent fillings and root canals. In order to protect these teeth, a clear varnish is applied to essentially fill in these grooves.
Why might Sealants be needed?
The reason your child might benefit from sealants is because they have deep grooves and fissures on their back teeth. They might be susceptible to decay and already have several fillings. Sealants are great for most kids because the procedure to place them is noninvasive and quick. Most sealants can last anywhere from roughly one to three years, and we can reapply them as needed.
What makes your child a good candidate for Sealants?
We can examine your child’s teeth to determine if they might benefit from sealants. Sealants can be applied to both baby (primary) teeth as well as permanent teeth. They are incredibly beneficial when it comes to protecting the back teeth and preventing decay. Most children who want or need sealants can have them applied easily in our office.
What happens during the Sealant process?
The first step is to clean and dry the back teeth. We then apply a clear varnish to the back teeth only on the chewing surfaces. This clear varnish is then cured into place with a specialty light. The process is repeated for any other teeth that are in need of solid, long-lasting protection. The teeth should still be brushed and flossed, since the sealants themselves are only applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Your child can have the sealants reapplied as needed as they begin to wear away over the course of months or years.
If you think your child would benefit from sealants, call us today so that we can get them in for an appointment at your earliest convenience.