The teeth have natural pits and grooves on the chewing surface that are susceptible to cavities and decay. Dentists use sealants to prevent decay in children and teens. This helps avoid cavities and the pain and cost of fillings. We provide dental sealants for patients in Suffolk County, NY, Commack, NY, and Smithtown, NY.
Dental sealants should be applied shortly after the molars erupt, usually around the time the child is six years old. Sealants are clear or white, so they are invisible on the surface of the teeth. The treatment is fast and easy and effective for preventing decay. Sealants last up to 10 years after they are applied to the teeth.
Common Questions about Sealants
Are dental sealants right for my child?
If the molars are healthy and no decay is present, this treatment may help your child avoid decay. Your dentist can examine your child’s teeth and determine if sealants are the best way for to avoid cavities and tooth decay.
How are sealants applied?
This is a fast and painless procedure that requires no drilling or preparation of the tooth surface, other than cleaning. The treatment begins with cleaning and the application of a special gel. The sealant is then painted on the surface of the teeth and allowed to cure. Initially, your child may feel the sealant, but will adapt quickly.
What do I need to do to care for the sealants?
Once the treatment is completed, regular eating habits and teeth cleaning can be resumed. At your child’s normal dental visits, the dentist will check the sealants for deterioration and replace them, if necessary.
Dental sealants are very thing coatings used to fill in deep grooves and pits in teeth that can harbor bacteria. Sealants are applied to healthy chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent decay and cavities – especially among children. According to the Centers for Disease Control, tooth decay affects more than half of children ages 6 – 8, and even more older children and teens. By applying sealants, families can prevent decay and the save on the costs associated with filling cavities. If you plan to get dental sealants in Smithtown, the CDC recommends doing so shortly after the molars have erupted from the gums – usually beginning around age 6.
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