Would you like to help your child avoid the pain of cavities? Dental sealants offer a simple way to reduce your son or daughter's tooth decay risk. Dr. Stephen Pratt, Stephanie Winterton and Dr. Christopher Flint, who practice family dentistry at Hobble Creek Dental Care in Springville, UT, explain how sealants can protect your child's teeth.
What are sealants?
Sealants fill nooks and crannies in your child's pre-molars and molars located in the back of the mouth. Because these grooves are so small, it's impossible to remove cavity-causing plaque from them with a toothbrush. The longer plaque remains on a tooth, the greater the chance that tooth decay will occur. Adding a coating of plastic resin to the teeth prevents plaque from forming in the depressions in your child's teeth.
Why are sealants recommended for children?
Newly erupted molars and pre-molars are particularly susceptible to tooth decay. Coating the teeth with sealants prevents cavities from damaging these teeth and also helps your child avoid fillings and other dental procedures. Although fillings restore teeth damaged by tooth decay, they also tend to weaken them, which can increase the risk of a crack or fracture in the future. Sealants prevent complications, like cracks, by stopping cavities from ever forming.
Can adults get sealants too?
Sealants are also helpful in protecting your teeth from cavities. Although many dental insurance carriers cover sealants for children, the same coverage generally isn't available for adults, who must pay for the sealants out of pocket.
Is the sealant process painful?
Applying sealants to your child's teeth only takes a few minutes and is completely pain-free. Before the sealants are applied, the teeth are cleaned and dried thoroughly. Adding an etching solution to the teeth helps ensure the resin sealant material will adhere properly. After the solution is applied in our Springville office, the liquid resin sealants are painted on your child's pre-molars and molars with a small brush. A special curing light hardens the sealants, turning them into a strong, solid coating that plaque can't penetrate.
Interested in learning how you can protect your child's teeth with this important family dentistry service? Call Springville, UT, dentists Drs. Pratt and Winterton at Hobble Creek Dental Care at (801) 489-4541 to schedule an appointment.