If you could use a tiny paint brush to help protect your child’s tooth from getting a cavity, you would, wouldn’t you? That is how simple it is for Dr. Booth and our Dental Hygienists to apply a dental sealant.
Okay, there is a little more to it than just painting, but the great developments in modern dental materials make it feel that easy!
Dental sealant material is made up of a specially formulated dental resin designed to adhere to tooth enamel and fill in the tiny grooves and pits on the chewing surface of teeth. Young molars and premolars are notorious for having deep crevices where bacteria love to hide; it is often impossible to clean these areas with normal tooth brushing. Sealants create a smooth, cleansible surface that is easier for your child to take care of.
When your child’s permanent first molars are fully erupted, we will talk with you about dental sealants during our dental examination. The procedure can usually be completed during the same visit:
- We lightly polish the tooth to clean it and then apply the sealant material using an etch-adhesive bonding process. There is no drilling or shots!
- Our special dental light hardens the material and Dr. Booth checks the sealant to make sure it does not interfere with normal biting and chewing.
Dental professionals and researchers have recommended sealants for years and most parents today have had dental sealants during their lifetime. While no preventive treatment is a complete guarantee against dental disease, dental sealants have beaten the odds for decades.