Dental sealants are very thin coatings made of an acrylic used to fill deep grooves and pits in permanent teeth that can harbor bacteria. The application to the healthy chewing surfaces of the teeth helps prevent decay and cavities – especially among children.
• No Anesthesia
• Takes a few minutes
• Last up to 10 years
The first adult molars usually erupt around the age of 6, which is a good time to visit the office for a consultation.
Did you know...
• Many Laredo parents choose sealants for their kids because it is more affordable and less invasive to prevent cavities than it is to treat irreversible dental decay.
• Sealants are white or clear in color, making them virtually invisible when talking, smiling, or eating.
• Dental sealants cover approximately 90 percent of the tooth structure and are 100 percent effective when fully preserved on the teeth.
• According to the Centers for Disease Control, tooth decay affects more than half of children ages 6 – 8, and even much older children and teens. By applying sealants, families can prevent decay and save on the costs associated with filling cavities.
How do I know if Laredo dental sealants are right for my child?...
Sealants may be right for your child if he or she has molar teeth that are healthy and free of decay.
Schedule a dental consultation for a complete examination to determine if dental sealants could be a preventative health solution for your children.
What should I expect when my child gets dental sealants?...
Your child will not experience any pain when sealants are placed. There is no drilling and the entire tooth is left intact for the procedure. The tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and treated with a special gel before the sealant is painted on and cured.
Although your child may at first feel the sealants on his or her teeth, the sealants are very thin and easy to adapt too.
Are there any special care instructions to follow after the sealants are placed?...
Normal eating habits can be resumed after dental sealants are applied, although the sealants should be checked at every dental appointment for deterioration. Sealants that are damaged or missing can be replaced.