Dental Sealants in Cypress, TX
What is a dental sealant? A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars, and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy-to-clean surface. Sealants can protect teeth for many years but must be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.
Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These teeth are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to protect them early.
Dr. Handley or a dental hygienist easily applies sealants, and the process takes only a couple of minutes per tooth. A special solution is applied to the enamel surface to help the sealant bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried. Sealant material is carefully painted onto the enamel surface to cover the deep grooves or depressions. Depending on the type of sealant used, the material will either harden automatically or with a special curing light. If your child requires dental sealants, schedule an appointment with us today.