Dental sealants are made from clear or tooth coloured material. Sealants are applied to the surface of a child’s permanent molars in order to prevent the formation of cavities on these teeth.
How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
Dental sealants are applied to the chewing surface of permanent molars and are bonded in place. This seals all the grooves of the molars.
Since decay forms first on the surface of the tooth, by providing this sealed barrier on the surface of the teeth, we prevent the formation of decay on these teeth. Sealants are applied during a regular scheduled office visit, without anaesthesia.
How long will dental sealants last?
Dental sealants will last for several years if proper care is taken. If necessary, the dental sealant is sometimes re-applied to teeth.
How will I know if a dental sealant is right for my child?
During your child’s regular dental examination, our caring team will assess your child’s dental health. If sealants are recommended to prevent decay, we will advise you during the appointment.
Does my child need fluoride treatments if she has dental sealants?
Yes, even if your child has dental sealants, she still needs fluoride treatments.
While dental sealants provide excellent protection from cavities for the teeth on which they have been applied, fluoride will protect all of your child’s teeth from cavities.