Dental sealants are transparent coatings applied to the surfaces of your teeth, including the molars and premolars. They offer a quick and straightforward method of protecting your child's teeth by acting as a fence to areas prone to cavities. They are generally painted to the chewing surfaces of back teeth and are also used to cover deep grooves and pits. Sealants can protect both the primary and permanent teeth of a child. Sealants are considered to be reasonably safe for children.
At Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry, we provide sealant protection for children to reduce the risk of decay and ensure a healthy oral cavity.
Who Needs Dental Sealants?
Sealants are regularly applied to children's permanent teeth. The first molars begin to appear by the age of six, and most kids will have their second set of molars by age twelve. Sealing these teeth as soon as they emerge can keep them robust and cavity-free. Although sealants are characteristically placed on unrestored teeth, they can occasionally be applied over minor areas of decay. This can help prevent further damage.
How Are Dental Sealants Applied?
To begin, Dr. Roshan Roshannejad will clean and dry teeth that will be sealed. Then, a unique etching solution is applied to rough up the tooth's surface to help the sealant bond better with the tooth. We will finally paint the sealant directly onto the tooth's surface before hardening the liquid with a special blue light.
The procedure is quick and easy, and it can be completed in a single dental appointment. Sealants get hardened relatively quickly, and there is no recovery time or need for a second visit. They can last for years. But we will need to check them during your regular dental visits to make sure they are still unharmed and doing their job.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last in Children?
Dental sealants can typically last up to ten years and help provide maximum protection from decay for the chewing teeth's surface. Research has proven that when a sealant is placed over minor decay, it will stop its progress.
Schedule dental appointments every six months for a checkup to ensure that the sealants can be assessed if they are still intact. If the sealant comes off, we can reapply it.
If you are interested in learning more about dental sealant treatments, call Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry in New Caney, TX 77357 at (832) 930-7732 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Roshan Roshannejad.