Dental Sealants Overview

At Wheatfield Family Dentistry in North Tonawanda, NY we encourage all patients with children to begin using our children’s dentistry services early in the lives of their children. This is because kids can often encounter many of the same issues as adults, and some of the most difficult oral health issues can often be addressed through children’s dentistry and preventative measures. Take dental sealants as a primary illustration of this fact.

As your dentist in North Tonawanda, we are going to encourage you to bring in your kids for preventative dentistry treatments like cleanings, exams and other options. We will also encourage the use of dental sealants on newly emerged adult teeth. This is because sealing a tooth as it emerges can often ensure that a child never has to deal with decay, cavities and more serious issues into their adult life. The sooner you get started with this form of preventative dentistry, the better your child’s results.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Essentially, dental sealants are tooth colored materials that are applied directly to newly emerged teeth, especially the hard to clean molars at the back of the mouth. This material is then cured with a UV light, and once hardened and dried, they provide your child’s teeth with a barrier that bacteria just cannot pass. They are called dental sealants because this is precisely what they do – seal the teeth off from harmful materials.

We suggest you use this treatment when your children reach the ages of six to 14 (which is when their permanent teeth begin to emerge). They can also be applied to baby teeth if decay may be an issue. Sealants don’t eliminate the need for general dentistry and will last for a decade or more. However, your child may need repairs done to sealants and will always need to remain up to date with cleanings and checkups.

Contact Our North Tonawanda Dentist Office for Dental Sealants

If you have further questions about this treatment, feel free to give us a call at our North Tonawanda, NY office at 716-694-1777. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.