Dental Sealants

Published on May 12, 2012 by

Your dentist can place dental sealants on the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars. Dental sealants are plastic coatings that provide a lot of protection to help to prevent dental caries in the grooves of these teeth. Usually, when these grooves are very narrow, a toothbrush cannot clean this area of the tooth adequately. Also, the placement of dental sealants over minimal decay can keep the dental decay from progressing any further.
Your dentist advices that you have your children get dental sealants on the permanent molars as soon as they erupt. This occurs between the ages of 6-12 years old. Teeth that already have fillings on their chewing surfaces do not have sealants placed. It is a relatively simple process to place dental sealants, and no anaesthesia or drilling is required. The tooth is treated with a mild acid, dried, and the liquid dental sealant is then placed and set up with a special dental light. They usually last from between 2-4 years, but may last for as long as 10 years. So, visit our clinic or your dentist to have your child’s teeth sealed.

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