Patients, who are looking for sealants to protect their children’s teeth, should contact Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. Sealants are a special plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth were most tooth decay occurs in children. By covering the grooves in these teeth, sealants help protect the teeth from bacteria and tooth decay. Tooth decay causes permanent damage to the teeth, and sealants act as a protective barrier to food particles and bacteria. Sealants are typically colored to match the natural teeth and may be clear, white, or lightly tinted.
Sealants typically last for five to ten years. Before having sealants applied to their teeth, children should have their permanent molars. The permanent molars typically begin to erupt at age 6 and the sealants should be applied soon after the teeth have to grown through the gums. While sealants are typically used on children and teenagers, adults can have sealants applied to their teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Sealants
What happens during the procedure for sealants at Gallagher Cosmetic and Family dentistry?
Anesthesia is not required for the procedure for sealants. The teeth are cleaned and a special gel is applied. The gel is left on the tooth momentarily and then removed. For some sealants, the dentist may use a special light to harden the sealant material. The material hardens quickly typically within one minute. The teeth must be kept dry to place sealants and the dentist may wrap cotton around the teeth to keep the teeth dry during the procedure.
Is there any pain associated with the procedure for sealants?
Sealants do not require drilling or the removal of tooth enamel. There is no pain associated with the procedure for sealants.