Dental sealants are very thin coatings that are painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealants will fill in the deep grooves and pits of the teeth, as they can harbor bacteria. Dental sealants, which are usually placed on children’s teeth, are usually used to prevent decay. According to the Centers for Disease Control, tooth decay affects more than half of children aged six to eight, and even more older children and teens. Parents can prevent decay and save on the costs of filling cavities by having sealants placed on their children’s teeth. The CDC recommends placing sealants shortly after the molars have erupted through the gums – usually around age six.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if dental sealants are right for my child?
Sealants are a good choice for your child if their molars are healthy and have no decay. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Blake Lawlor for a complete examination to determine if dental sealants are right for your child.
What should I expect when my child gets dental sealants?
The placement of dental sealants is a painless procedure. There is no drilling involved; the entire tooth is left intact. Our dentist will thoroughly clean your child’s tooth and treat it with a special gel before the dental sealant is painted on and cured. Your child may feel the sealants on his or her teeth at first, but sealants are very thin and easy to adapt to.
Are there any special care instructions to follow after the sealants are placed?
Normal eating habits can be continued after dental sealants are applied and our dentist will check the sealants at every dental appointment. If a sealant becomes damaged, our dentist will replace it.
We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more about dental sealants in Wichita, Kansas.