In our office at Lilburn Family Dentistry, located in Lilburn, GA, we use dental sealants to protect teeth and help prevent cavities.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin coatings used to fill in the deep grooves and pits found on your teeth that can store bacteria. Sealants, especially in children, are applied to the chewing surface of the tooth to prevent decay and cavities. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), tooth decay affects more than half of today’s children between the ages of six and eight. When parents schedule their child for a dental sealant treatment, they help prevent their child’s teeth from tooth decay and consequently save on the cost of having their cavities treated with a filling.
How are Sealants Applied?
In our Lilburn Family Dentistry office, sealants are a routine procedure. The dentist paints an acrylic tooth-colored "coating" onto the surface of the teeth. The sealant "seals" the tooth's deep grooves and prevents decay from settling on the surface of the tooth. Dental sealants are safe and act as a protective covering against acids and plaque. Sealants take only a few minutes to apply. Reapplication may be required every several years. Children and adults can help fight tooth decay by having sealants applied to their teeth.
Are There Any Age Requirements for Sealants?
Sealants are perfect for children who have molars that are healthy and free of decay. Schedule a dental consultation, at our Lilburn office, for a complete examination to decide if dental sealants are the best solution for your child's dental needs.
What Should My Child Expect When They Get Dental Sealants?
There is practically no pain when applying dental sealants. There's no drilling and the tooth is left intact during the entire treatment. The dentist begins the procedure by cleaning and treating the tooth using a special gel. The sealant is then painted on and cured. Your child may feel the sealants on their teeth, but because they are thin, most children adapt quickly.
Want more information on dental sealants? Contact Lilburn Family Dentistry in Lilburn, GA by dialing (770) 824-8857 for an appointment and consultation.