What Are Dental Sealants?

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What Are Dental Sealants?

Occasionally, during a dental checkup our team will recommend that a child receive sealants.  If so, there’s no need to get alarmed.  Sealants are standard issue, and they will not cause any pain to your child.  Most kids barely feel them once they are put in.  However, what are they?  Moreover, why does your child need them?  Read below.

Sealants 101

Often kids (and teens) develop the cavities on molars and other prime chewing areas.  To protect these areas during problem years, dentists use a special sealant.  As aforementioned, children are usually given sealants.  Nevertheless, there are occasions where adults may require sealants.  Here are the details about the procedure:

The Procedure

  1. First, the patient’s teeth that Dr. Mehta determines would be best suited for sealants are extensively cleaned.
  2. Any moisture on the surface of the teeth will disrupt the bond. Consequently, before sealing the teeth are dried.  Usually, an absorbent like cotton will be placed around the teeth to keep them dry.
  3. Next, a solution is delicately applied to the chewing surfaces of each tooth to be sealed. This solution helps to secure the bond.
  4. The mixture is rinsed off, and the teeth are re-dried.
  5. Lastly, the sealant is carefully painted on the chewing surface of each tooth. The sealant will then bond to the teeth.

Sealants are very resilient and can last for several years.  During regular visits, your dentist may reseal small areas that are wearing down.  It is recommended that anyone that has sealants continue to keep good oral hygiene.  Dentist use sealants as a strategy to keep teeth healthy during a child’s formative years.

Dr. Mehta & Associates specializes in root canals, family dentistry, crowns, and emergency dental services if you would like to or have questions about a procedure, feel free to contact us or schedule an appointment.

Dr. Mehta and Associates

Temecula office at (951) 383-6858

Riverside office on (958) 667-1595

 

April 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on What Are Dental Sealants?