Sealants protect those big teeth in the back.
Molars have nooks and crannies on their tops that sugary food sticks to. And since they are way in the back, they are extra hard to brush, especially in young mouths that are super small.
Sealants provide a protective barrier between tooth enamel and the bacteria. Getting a sealant doesn't mean your child gets to quit brushing and flossing, but it does add an extra line of defense against cavities.
Applying dental sealants is simple and 100% pain-free.
We do a thorough exam and cleaning to make sure every tooth is healthy and ready to be sealed.
We dry your child's teeth and apply a mild gel to help the sealant bond tight.
A quick rinse to remove the gel and another thorough drying.
We apply the sealant and cure it with a special UV light. It just takes a few seconds.
How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants can last a very long time. Your dentist will examine the sealant with every check-up. If it is starting to wear, the dentist will add a quick touch-up.
When should children get dental sealants?
Children usually get dental sealants in their tweens or teens after their adult molars have come in. Younger children with signs of tooth decay may get sealants on their baby molars, too.
Are dental sealants safe?
Sealants create a thin protective layer over your child's teeth. In rare cases a child might experience a slight allergic reaction, which can be reversed by removing the sealant. Sealants are recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA).