Dental Sealants

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Dental Sealants

Kids' dental sealants are a preventive dental treatment offered at Seattle Crown Hill Dental to protect children's teeth from cavities. Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, particularly the molars and premolars. These teeth have deep grooves and fissures that can trap food particles and bacteria, making them more prone to decay.

The application of dental sealants is a quick and painless procedure. Our skilled pediatric dental professionals will clean and dry the teeth thoroughly before applying a thin layer of dental sealant onto the chewing surfaces. The sealant is then hardened using a special light, forming a protective barrier over the pits and grooves of the teeth.

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Benefits of Dental Sealants

The purpose of dental sealants is to seal off the deep crevices and make the tooth surface smooth and easier to clean. This helps prevent food particles and plaque from getting trapped in the hard-to-reach areas, reducing the risk of cavities. Dental sealants act as a shield, protecting the tooth enamel from acids and bacteria that can cause decay.

Dental sealants are particularly beneficial for children who may still be developing proper brushing and flossing techniques or have difficulty reaching the back teeth with their toothbrush. By providing an extra layer of protection, sealants help safeguard their teeth during the vulnerable years when they are more prone to decay.

Sealants are most commonly applied to permanent molars as soon as they erupt, typically around the ages of 6 and 12. However, in some cases, primary (baby) molars may also benefit from sealant application. The sealants can last for several years with proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups. Our dental professionals will monitor the condition of the sealants during your child's routine dental visits and reapply them as needed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars) to prevent cavities and decay.
Why are dental sealants recommended?
Sealants are recommended to protect the vulnerable grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces of teeth, areas where food particles and bacteria can easily accumulate, leading to cavities.
At what age are dental sealants typically applied?
Dental sealants are often applied as soon as the permanent molars and premolars erupt, usually around the ages of 6 and 12.
How are dental sealants applied?
The process involves cleaning the tooth surface, applying a conditioning gel, and then painting the sealant onto the tooth. A special light is used to harden and bond the sealant to the tooth.
Are dental sealants visible or noticeable?
Dental sealants are usually clear or tooth-colored and are not easily noticeable. They blend in with the natural tooth color.
How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants can last for several years with proper care. They are typically checked during regular dental check-ups and can be reapplied if necessary.
Do dental sealants require special care?
Dental sealants do not require special care. However, it's essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.
Can adults benefit from dental sealants?
While dental sealants are commonly applied to children's teeth, adults at a higher risk of cavities or with deep grooves in their teeth may also benefit from sealant application. Your dentist can assess individual needs and recommend the most appropriate preventive measures.

Disclaimer: Please note that the provided information above is based on general knowledge, and it's always recommended to consult with our dentists at Seattle Crown Hill Dental for personalized advice and recommendations regarding your or your child's specific dental needs and conditions. For any questions or concerns, please call our Seattle dentist office at (206) 789-0111.

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