Pediatric sealants are a single layer of medical-grade composite resin coatings that dentists apply on your child’s teeth to protect them from bacterial infections and cavities. The dentists at Pediatric Dentistry of Horizon West use a small brush to apply sealant material on the teeth’s surface, forming a protective layer against bacteria and fungi. You can rest assured that the procedure is safe and comfortable for your child.
Dental sealants reduce the risk of cavities in primary teeth?
Dr. Azer will first examine your child’s teeth to determine the suitability of the procedure. If suitable, they’ll use prophylaxis paste and a rotating blade to clean the teeth. They’ll then isolate the affected teeth using a cotton roll or dental dam.
Dr. Azer will use a mild acidic solution to etch the teeth' surface, increasing the sealant application's surface area. They’ll then carefully paint the sealant material onto the teeth, including inside the groves and hard-to-reach areas.
A special dental curing light that emits blue light is used to cure the sealant. Curing hardens the sealant causing it to bond securely to the teeth’s surface. This process only takes a few seconds and sometimes marks the end of the process.
After curing, Dr. Azer will check the bite to determine whether the teeth meet at the correct contact points. Sometimes they might adjust the sealant's thickness and shape. If everything checks out, they’ll send you and your child home with post-care instructions. The good thing with this procedure is that parents can accompany their kids throughout the entire procedure.
Dental sealants can be transparent or tinted with different colors?
Dental sealants create a protective barrier against cavities and deep stains. They’re also a long-lasting and inexpensive solution against tooth decay. What’s more, the sealant process is non-invasive and painless, making them ideal for kids.
Dental sealants last for two to ten years before your child needs to replace them. Sometimes, they don’t need a complete replacement but get touch-ups and repairs by the dentist. Proper oral hygiene like brushing and flossing and proper dietary habits go a long way towards prolonging the longevity of your child's dental sealants.
Most dentists will recommend fluoride sealants to ordinary dental sealants. That's because fluoride also strengthens the enamel, increasing the effectiveness of the sealant. What's more, fluoride sealants benefit the entire mouth, while regular dental sealants only benefit the affected teeth.
Taking care of your dental sealants is as simple as brushing and flossing your teeth daily with non-abrasive paste and a soft-bristled brush. Your child should also steer clear of sticky food like toffee and caramel that might pull the sealant off. They should also avoid hard and crunchy foods and wear a mouthguard if they suffer from bruxism and teeth-clenching.
Dental sealants can have long-lasting benefits into adulthood?