When you desire to protect your child’s teeth from decay and cavities, you’ll want to ask your dentist about dental sealants. These sealants are a thin coating that is painted on your child’s teeth as a protective layer. Because they are harder to brush, dental sealants remain an excellent option for a child’s back teeth and molars. One Fine Smile is here to protect your child’s teeth with our dental sealant treatments in Oak Park!
What are Dental Sealants?
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of your teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Sealants?
Everyone can benefit from protecting their teeth with dental sealants, but they are especially effective in children as they are more likely to develop tooth decay. Adding teeth sealant to your child’s oral routine will prevent the plaque which builds up on teeth from causing tooth decay.
Sealants are available for young children who have permanent teeth, teenagers, and adults with no cavities. Adults usually only have sealants applied to their back teeth, however. Baby teeth also benefit from sealants because the deep grooves in these teeth need to be protected, as well.
What Happens During a Dental Sealant Procedure?
Dental sealant procedures are quick and painless. There is no need even to numb the area. Once the dentist has placed the sealants, the tooth is protected from bacteria that get to the tooth. Applying a sealant protects the teeth for about ten years before a reapplication is needed.
When teeth get a sealing application, your dentist will:
- Thoroughly clean the teeth.
- Dry the teeth to be sealed.
- Place an acid solution on the teeth that enable the sealant to stick to the teeth in question.
- Rinse and dry the teeth.
- Apply the sealant to the enamel of the teeth.
- Cure the sealant with a specialty sealing light.