Dental Sealants

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What are dental sealants?

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Sealants protect baby teeth with deep groves on them

Dental sealants are tooth-colored, plastic coatings which protect children’s teeth against cavities. Sealants have been proven both safe and effective in fighting off cavity bugs. We typically place sealants on permanent molar teeth which have deep groves. These areas are particularly difficult for children to clean and this is a good way to help protect these vulnerable adult teeth.

How are sealants placed?

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Before and after illustration of dental sealants

Dental sealants are designed to protect children’s teeth in the time when they are most vulnerable to cavities. Typically, we place sealants on the most distal teeth, which children have a harder time cleaning. We apply the first set at 6 to 7 years of age onto adult 1st molar teeth. A second set is applied at 11 to 12 years of age onto adult 2nd molar teeth. Some dentists recommend applying sealants onto baby teeth as well, which can also be somewhat effective in protecting these teeth. We highly recommend that you consider placing sealants on your children’s teeth.

What are the benefits of sealants?

The main benefit of dental sealants is that they protect children’s teeth. Another advantage is that they create a positive dental experience for children. If your child’s first visit for invasive dental work involves needles and pain, this could lead to an everlasting fear of the dentist. On the other hand, a 15-minute pain-free sealant appointment is an excellent way of introducing your child to the dentist. In fact, this can help your child overcome his or her fear of the dentist.

Are there any risks with placing dental sealants?

None whatsoever. Placing sealants is simple, easy and pain-free. Plus, a big advantage is that they are fully reversible which means they do not harm your child’s teeth. As opposed to traditional dental fillings, sealants do not require any actual tooth removal. By the time you’re an adult, your dental sealer typically dissolves away, having served its purpose.

If you’d like to place sealants on your child’s teeth, schedule your appointment with us today. Call us at (949) 481-2540 or book your sleant appointment online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will examine your child’s teeth to determine if they are a good candidate for placing sealants. If necessary, we can place sealants right away to seal away those cavity bugs for good!