Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic coating painted over the chewing surfaces of teeth. They are usually applied to the premolars and molars to minimize the risk of dental decay and cavities. The dental sealants quickly bond to the tooth’s structure, getting within the grooves and depressions, thus protecting the enamel from dental decay. Most people get dental sealants for kids, but you can also get dental sealants for adults.

At Sapphire Smiles, we carefully examine your kids’ teeth to determine if they can benefit from dental sealants. We highly recommend dental sealants for baby teeth and dental sealants for adults because they drastically minimize the risk of dental decay in the molars and premolars, i.e., the teeth most susceptible to decay. Please continue reading to learn more about sealants at Sapphire Smiles.

Sealants are a good option to help prevent cavities. Book your appointment with us today!

Importance of Dental Sealants for Children’s Teeth and Adults

The premolars and molars are most susceptible to dental decay and cavities for two reasons. First, they’re positioned at the back of your teeth, making them hard to reach and clean thoroughly. Second, the molars and premolars have grooves and depressions that can become a bedrock for bacteria, eventually leading to dental decay.

Most people get dental sealants for children’s teeth because kids and teenagers are most likely to have dental in their molars and premolars. However, adults without decay or fillings can also get dental sealants for adults, further protecting their teeth from bacterial infection and cavities. You can also get dental sealants for baby teeth between the ages of 6 and 14.

Dental Sealants are a thin protective material, placed over your tooth, that help prevent tooth decay. Schedule your appointment online!

Dental Sealants Procedure

  • The dentist thoroughly cleans the teeth before the dental sealant procedure.
  • After the dental cleaning, the dental hygienist dries each tooth and places cotton or absorbent materials around the relevant tooth.
  • The dentist applies an acid solution to the chewing surfaces of the relevant tooth. The acid roughens up the tooth’s structure, allowing it to better receive the dental sealants.
  • The dentist rinses and dries the teeth.
  • Finally, the dentist paints the dental sealant over the tooth’s enamel. The sealant immediately bonds with the tooth and hardens. However, in some cases, the dentist may use a special curing light to harden the sealant faster.

Dental sealants are used to protect your teeth from tooth cavities and tooth decay. Schedule your appointment today!

Dental Sealants Q&As

Do dental sealants help prevent cavities?

Yes, dental sealants for kids are a quick and painless means of preventing dental cavities in the molars and premolars, the regions where 90% of the cavities usually occur. After the dental sealants are applied, they protect against 80% of the cavities for the first two years and around 50% of the cavities after two years.

Where do most cavities occur on your teeth?

The molars and premolars are most likely to get cavities. In fact, 90% of all cavities occur on these last two teeth. Molars and premolars are located at the back of the teeth, making them hard to reach while brushing, leading to greater plaque and tartar accumulation. Furthermore, these teeth also have grooves and depressions that may host bacteria, increasing the risk of dental decay.

Can dental sealants help with sensitive teeth?

You can get dental sealants for sensitive teeth as well. The dentist may paint a fluoride varnish over your teeth to prevent extreme sensitivity. The fluoride enters tiny holes in the tooth’s enamel, covering up the regions that usually leave your teeth vulnerable to extreme temperatures and irritants. The dentist may also apply bonding agents to strengthen your teeth and enamel.

Do dental sealants wear off?

Dental sealants aren’t permanent, and their efficacy usually wears off gradually. However, you can expect your dental sealants to last between 5 to 10 years.

How often should sealants be replaced?

You should get dental sealants replaced after they wear off completely, usually within 5 to 10 years. Your dentist will determine if your sealants need to be replaced during your dental checkups.

How effective are dental sealants?

Both dental sealants for kids and dental sealants for adults are incredibly effective. They protect against up to 80% of all cavities for the first two years and up to 50% of all cavities after the first two years.

Can you get dental sealants if you have fillings?

No, you cannot and should not get dental sealants if you have fillings. Once a tooth has fillings, it can’t benefit from dental sealants.

Are dental sealants safe for kids?

Dental sealants for children’s teeth are perfectly safe, and they’ve been safe for decades. In fact, dental sealants are primarily used in children’s teeth and baby teeth because they’re completely safe and don’t contain BPA.

How long does it take for dental sealants to dry?

The entire dental sealant procedure concludes within 5 to 45 minutes. The sealants will dry immediately after application, either naturally or under the influence of a special light.

What is the difference between Dental sealants and fillings?

Dental sealants are substances painted over the teeth to protect them from dental decay and bacteria. Dental fillings treat and seal cavities after dental decay. As such, dental sealants are preventive, and fillings are restorative.

Are dental sealants worth it?

Dental sealants are completely worth it because they reduce the risk of dental cavities in children by up to 80%.

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Contact Sapphire Smiles for Dental Sealants in Houston Heights

Sapphire Smiles is one of the most reputable restorative dentistry and children’s dentistry clinics in Houston Heights. Our charismatic and friendly dentist, Dr. Antoun, is brilliant with kids and ensures that dental treatments aren’t frightening for young kids. We highly recommend dental sealants for kids because they massively reduce the risk of cavities, allowing you and your family to maintain a healthy set of teeth. For more information, please schedule an appointment for dental sealants at Sapphire Smiles, Houston Heights.

Sapphire Smiles is one of the most reputable restorative dentistry clinics in Houston Heights, Texas. Our root canal dentist, Dr. Antoun, carefully examines your teeth to make sure you need root canal therapy. For more information, please schedule an appointment for root canals at Sapphire Smiles, Houston Heights.