During their dental visit in Encino, California, our family dentist may recommend sealants for your child’s teeth.
Deciding whether you would like to have this procedure done is up to you. It only takes a few minutes and can be extremely beneficial.
Here are some facts about dental sealants that might help you make the right decision.
What Are Sealants?
When your child’s permanent molars come in, it’s common for the biting surface of these teeth to have deep pits and grooves that are prone to collecting buildup. It can be very difficult for toothbrush bristles to reach down into these crevices and unfortunately, tooth decay often occurs in these places first.
A sealant is a thin, protective coating that’s placed on the biting surface of back teeth. Sealants essentially fill in deep areas and prevent them from collecting excessive food and plaque.
How Are Dental Sealants Placed?
Doing sealants is a fast, easy, and pain-free procedure. First, the tooth is cleaned and prepped with a gel, then a bonding agent is placed on the tooth to help the sealant material stick. The final step is to place the sealant in the crevices of the tooth and shine a special light over it to harden the material. Numbing and drilling aren’t needed.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
Typically, sealants hold up very well and last for several years. But occasionally they’ll fall out or wear away and we’ll have to replace them. During your child’s routine dental visits, we’ll examine the sealants to see how they’re holding up.
Are Sealants Right for Your Child?
If your child is 6 years or older, they may have permanent molars that need sealants. To find out, call Encino Dental Studio for an appointment. Encino family dentist, Dr. Amir Jamsheed, will gladly examine your child and give you the best recommendation.