Dental sealants are painted over the teeth. These are basically a thin protective coating that can easily flow into the nooks and crannies of the teeth. Light is applied to harden the material on the teeth. Sealants will then stay in place and prevent food and plaque from accumulating. A good analogy would be to that of sealing any cracks in your exterior wall to prevent water from getting inside. To learn more, visit your local general dentist Wellington FL.
Why Are Sealants Necessary?
Sealants are a very cost-effective way to greatly reduce the incidence of caries formation for children from around 6 to 12 years of age. The procedure does not require an injection. First, we clean the deep grooves. Otherwise, the sealant will not properly adhere.
Good home care is always the best way to prevent cavities, but it is not always easy to make sure your children do a good job brushing their teeth. To make the matter worse, the top surface of the back teeth (molars) could have very prominent deeply pitted and grooved ridge anatomy. Also, this allows food particles to stick to the nook and crannies and since children do not spend sufficient time brushing these areas, they are more susceptible to develop caries.
How Long Will Dental Sealants Last?
Sealants are only temporary. Furthermore, we seal the grooves until the patient can properly care for his or her own teeth. Sealants will eventually wear out or fall out over the course of a few years. Although, they could last longer depending on other factors. Reapplication is possible, depending on the age of the patient. Typically, sealants are not placed as you get close to 16 years of age.
Are Sealants for Everybody?
Children typically get sealants. It is best to place them as new teeth erupt. The 1st molars erupt around age 6 and the 2nd molars around age 12. Furthermore, for adults, we use the regular filling material because it’s stronger.
Are There Any Side Effects?
There are no side effects.
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Finally, if your child is between 6 to 12 years of age, call our office in Royal Palm Beach to schedule your child’s sealant appointment and prevent future caries. Above all, we look forward to seeing you!