What are sealants?

Sealants are tooth-colored, plastic coatings which cover children’s teeth to protect susceptible deep groves against cavities. They are commonly placed on deep groves of permanent molar teeth, an area that is particularly difficult for children to clean. Sealants have been proven be an effective preventive treatment to fight off cavities in children Sealants are typically applied at 6 to 7 years of age onto adult first molar teeth and then again at 11 to 12 years of age onto adult second molar teeth. Some dentists apply sealants onto baby teeth to protect them which can also be effective.

Sealants Before After

Are there any risks associated with placing sealants on my child’s tooth?

None whatsoever. In fact, a big advantage of placing sealants for protection is that sealants are completely reversible. As opposed to traditional fillings, placing sealants does not require any actual removal of tooth structure. Sealants protect adult teeth on children at an age that they consume more sugar and have a harder time cleaning their back teeth. Sealants usually last for several years and by the time you’re an adult, your sealants typically dissolve away, having served their purpose.

Since placing sealants is quick, easy and pain-free, placing sealants is a good way of creating good dental habits in children. Consider this, if your child’s first visit for actual dental work involves needles and pain, this could create an everlasting fear of the dentist. On the other hand, a 15-minute pain-free sealant appointment is an excellent way of helping your child overcome his or her fear of the dentist, possibly creating good life-long dental habits. If your child is between the ages of 6 to 13, talk to Dr. Jazayeri to see if he or she is a good candidate for dental sealants.