Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was some way of protecting a child's vulnerable back teeth from developing cavities? Fortunately, there is. Sealants are a protective barrier that prevents harmful bacteria from getting into the deep grooves in the back molars. Suzanne Grady, DDS, and the team at Open Sesame Dentistry in the Lincoln Square area in Manhattan offer sealants to help protect your child's teeth. You can find out more by calling the New York City office or requesting an appointment online.
Dental sealants are a part of Open Sesame Dentistry's preventive care offering. They're made from a tough, white, liquid-plastic, medical-grade resin, and the team uses this protective treatment to coat your child's back teeth (molars), getting into the deep grooves and pits where decay can develop. This "barrier" reduces the risk of your child getting cavities.
Sealants typically last up to 10 years before naturally wearing down, but sometimes they fall out. Your dentist checks the condition of your child’s sealants at every appointment, reapplying if they show excessive wear and tear or are missing.
Dental sealants are most beneficial for children, especially those aged 6-12, which is when the permanent back teeth begin to grow.
Even with exceptional dental care, many children are prone to tooth decay. Sealants form an extra layer of protection that prevents harmful bacteria and acid from creating cavities. The benefits of this treatment include:
Sealants prevent 80% of cavities for two years post-treatment and up to 50% of cavities for four years.
Almost all cavities — 90% — occur in the back teeth. Sealants get to the heart of the most at-risk areas.
Sealants are relatively inexpensive, much cheaper than dental repair work.
By reducing the risk of cavities, sealants help prevent further dental problems later in life.
Sealant application is quick and painless. Dr. Grady first cleans your child's teeth with gritty toothpaste to make sure that any plaque stuck in the teeth grooves is completely gone.
Then, Dr. Grady places an acidic gel on the back teeth, which she leaves on for a few seconds to roughen up the tooth's surface so that the sealant resin "sticks" better.
After washing the gel from your child’s teeth and drying them, Dr. Grady then applies the sealant. The sealant resin is runny to get inside the teeth grooves, and she uses blue light to dry and harden it.
Sealants are an effective preventive treatment that protects a child's vulnerable permanent teeth. Call Open Sesame Dentistry today to find out more or schedule an appointment, or you can request an appointment online.