As one of the most trusted pediatric dentists in the Lehi, Utah area, we provide a range of preventative dentistry options to keep your child’s teeth strong and healthy. As part of your child’s oral care plan, we may recommend using a dental sealant to protect the teeth.
Sealants are a painless, routine procedure that can prevent decay and lessen the need for future dental procedures.
Molars and premolars are particularly prone to decay. Their chewing surfaces have many grooves and fissures which can make them difficult to clean thoroughly, even with a good oral hygiene routine. Often these fissures are smaller than even the fibers in a toothbrush, making it difficult to clean them effectively. Over time, food can build up, leading to decay.
To protect teeth from this decay, dental sealants can be used to protect the area with a smooth surface. While this procedure is usually done on permanent teeth (in teenagers and adults), it can also be performed on primary (baby) teeth, if they have particularly pronounced grooves or fissures on their chewing teeth to prevent decay.
Sealants are made of a very thin coating that is fitted to the chewing surface of teeth and prevents food, bacteria, and acids from building up, causing decay.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
Sealants are an extremely effective dental procedure. They have many benefits including:
The primary benefit of sealants is the ability to protect the teeth 24/7 from a build-up of food, plaque, and acid. This prevents decay and the need for restorative treatments such as crowns, root canals, and fillings.
When applying the sealant, your dentist will clean and prepare the surface of the teeth before the sealant is used. The entire process is quick and painless.
It is typical for sealants to last between 5-10 years. Over time, they do get worn down by everyday chewing. Your dentist will check them at your regular appointment so that they can be replaced before they stop being effective.
If the sealant gets worn or damaged, it is very easy to repair, and simply requires your dentist to add more sealant to the relevant area.
How To Look After Dental Sealants
The good news is, dental sealants don’t require any special care. However, you should ensure your child has a good oral care routine that includes brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist. The condition of the sealants will be checked at each routine appointment. However, if you think that the sealant has become damaged or worn in between these appointments, you should visit your dentist to have it checked.
Experts in Pediatric Dentistry
Our Lehi, Utah practice is fully equipped to handle your family’s dental care needs. Our goal is to give children the best oral care, helping them maintain healthy habits and a smile that will last them a lifetime.
If you would like to discuss dental sealants or any other dental treatment, get in touch with us today to arrange an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists.