A dental sealant is the application of a clear plastic layer made of composite resin which seals out acids and bacteria that lead to cavities. They are applied to the rear molars which are most susceptible to harboring food particles and bacteria because they have more pits and grooves on the surface of the teeth, making them difficult to clean.
In addition to sealing out harmful substances, the sealants also create a smooth surface that is easier to clean and does not leave behind food particles that plaque will feed off of. Contact us at Kindred Pediatric Dentistry in Beaumont today to schedule an appointment.
Tooth decay usually starts at the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the rear molars.
You will come in for a consultation with Dr. Kruizenga in Beaumont to check your oral health and determine if you are a good candidate for dental sealants.
The process will begin with a dental cleaning. The surface of your teeth needs to be clean before we can apply the sealants. The teeth will then be dried.
An acidic solution is first applied to etch the teeth and help the bonding adhere. Composite resin is applied to the teeth in layers, covering the pits and grooves on the teeth.
The sealants are set in place with UV light. Our Beaumont team will check that your bite is unaffected and remove any excess sealant.
Dental sealants can last for up to 10 years.
Applying dental sealants is a quick, minimally invasive, painless, and simple way to protect your teeth from cavities. Sealants offer 80% protection against cavities in the first 2 years. They also blend in with the teeth, don’t require anesthesia or drilling, and are very cost-effective.
Sealants are a great preventative treatment from our Beaumont practice that can save you time and money down the line by preventing problems associated with tooth decay. You are less likely to need expensive treatment such as a root canal or an extraction.
Dental sealants last for 2-7 years on average but with proper care, they can last for much longer. It’s important to attend regular dental visits so you know if your sealants need to be replaced.
They can become damaged or fall off due to wear and tear. To increase the longevity of your dental sealants, wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth, don’t chew excessively hard or sticky foods, and don’t use your teeth as tools.
Our Beaumont team recommends placing dental sealants as soon as the first and second permanent molars come in, which is around the ages 6 and 12. These teeth are difficult to clean because they contain significantly more pits and fissures than the other teeth.
The best way to protect them against tooth decay and make them easier to clean is to place dental sealants as soon as these teeth erupt. Some children may have them placed in deciduous teeth if they are prone to tooth decay.
Dental sealants can prevent existing tooth decay from spreading.