If your teeth have deep, hard-to-reach grooves that make cleaning difficult, dental sealants could be right for you. Dental sealants are usually recommended for children as soon as their molars come in, although people of all ages can benefit from having sealants.
A tooth sealant is a type of coating that is applied to hard-to-reach teeth in the back of your mouth. The coating fills in any deep grooves and helps seal out bacteria, making teeth easier to clean and preventing cavities from taking hold.
Dental sealants are particularly helpful for children, who might not yet know the right way to take care of their teeth. Sealants offer them extra protection against tooth decay while their teeth are still growing.
Dental sealants are painless and can be completed in one visit to our Georgetown office, with no anesthesia required. First, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned. A solution is then applied to give the dental sealants something to adhere to. Once the solution has dried, the sealants are painted on and allowed to harden.
After the dental sealants have completely hardened, your Georgetown dentist will polish them so that they feel smooth. You might be aware of them in your mouth for a few days after they’re applied but will quickly get used to them until you don’t even notice that they’re there. Dental sealants can last years with proper care but can be easily replaced if they crack or chip.
To talk to your dentist about whether dental sealants are right for you or your child, give our Georgetown, TX office a call to book an appointment today!