Houston Dental Sealants for Kids

Reasons to Consider Dental Sealants

Long-Lasting Protection Against Tooth Decay

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Dental sealants consist of a special dental resin, which is applied directly to rear teeth to protect them from decay.

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Sealants are an effective way to help prevent decay in cavity-prone children and teens.

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This preventive treatment is often covered as part of dental insurance benefits.

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Dr. Brock can quickly apply sealants as part of your child’s six-month cleaning and oral exam.

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What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a preventive dental treatment intended to help your child avoid tooth decay, particularly in their back teeth (molars and premolars). The treatment consists of a special type of clear dental resin. This resin is painted onto the rear teeth after a cleaning, then hardened in place using a UV light. Once the resin hardens, it creates a transparent, strong barrier that prevents bacteria, acid, and food debris from contacting your child’s teeth. 

In turn, this prevents the formation of cavities. Sealants are primarily used on the rear teeth because these are more vulnerable to decay due to their deeper pits, crevices, and larger surface area.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?

  • Sealants are an affordable preventive treatment and are typically covered under dental insurance.
  • This resin barrier is meant to last for a very long time, though their durability will depend on a patient’s level of oral hygiene.
  • Dental sealants prevent cavities from forming and protect your child’s teeth.
  • Preventing decay will keep your child’s teeth healthy and help you avoid the expense of fillings and other restorative treatment.

What Can I Expect From The Dental Sealant Process?

Dental sealants are administered after a teeth cleaning to ensure that any bacteria, food particles, and other debris are removed from your child’s teeth before treatment. The process of applying a dental sealant is fast and non-invasive, so it’s appropriate for children of every age.

First, your child’s tooth will be dried. The resin is then directly applied to your child’s tooth enamel and Dr. Brock will use a UV light to cure the sealant and bond it to the tooth. This process is repeated for each tooth that requires dental sealants.

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