Dental Sealants for ChildrenThe most likely spots on a child’s teeth for a cavity to develop are the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This is because these surfaces are not smooth and have grooves and fissures in them, which can easily become home to food particles and bacteria. The bristles of a toothbrush cannot always reach these crevices, making them prone to tooth decay. At Celebration Family Dental of Carrollton, we offer dental sealants to address this problem.
Dental sealants are a thin coat of invisible plastic resin placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to make them smooth by sealing out the pits and fissures. Sealants not only prevent cavities, they also eliminate the pain that may be caused by cavity build up and the need for more extensive and expensive treatments later.
How Sealants Are Placed
Sealants could be considered as miniature plastic fillings. They can be placed easily and painlessly since the enamel does not contain any nerves. Before applying sealants, we will examine the tooth surface to ensure there is no decay. If decay is present, it will be removed and the tooth surface will be cleaned and dried. An etching solution is then applied to the tooth to help the sealant attach easily to the surface. The tooth is then rinsed and dried again before painting the liquid sealant material on. The sealant is hardened using a special light and the process is completed. Sealed teeth require the same dental care as unsealed teeth. Make sure they brush and floss regularly and bring your child to our office for regular dental exams and cleaning appointments at least twice a year. When cared for properly, sealants can last for up to ten years.