Sealants

Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentists located in The Woodlands, TX & Spring, TX

The staff at Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry, with locations in The Woodlands and Spring, Texas, offers services to help you stay on top of your child’s dental health. Scott A. Andersen, DDS, and Tab R. Imdacha, DDS, provide preventive treatments, like dental sealants, to reduce your child’s risk for cavities in their first and second molars. Learn more about cavity prevention and the benefits of sealants by calling the office nearest you or book a consultation online today.

Sealants Q & A

What are sealants?

Sealants are a protective coating made from dental-safe materials that stick to the chewing surface of your molars to prevent cavities.

While brushing and flossing are vital to good oral health, sealants can offer an added layer of protection, by preventing cavities from developing in the back teeth where bacteria tend to hide.

Bacteria produce acids that erode the tooth surface, causing holes, or cavities, to form. By applying a sealant over the tooth surface, bacteria and food debris can’t reach your teeth.

Sealants are clear, allowing Dr. Andersen and Dr. Imdacha the ability to visually monitor the health of the tooth and ensure the sealant is working properly.

What can I expect during a sealant application?

Applying the sealants to your child’s teeth causes no pain and the process is quick. The dental hygienist first cleans the teeth and prepares the surface by applying a safe, acidic gel. This gel creates a rougher tooth surface, which bonds securely with the sealant.

The hygienist rinses away the gel before applying the sealant to the surface of the molars, making sure the material gets in between the grooves. They use a special light to harden the sealant and ensure your child’s teeth are well-protected.

Are sealants safe for children?

Children benefit from the use of sealants, especially as their first molars come in, usually around age 6. Sealants can also protect their adult molars when they erupt around age 12.

By sealing the new tooth as soon as possible, you reduce the risk of cavities and tooth decay, protecting both the short-term and long-term health of the molars.

For children who show early signs of tooth decay, the hygienist can apply a sealant to prevent the worsening of the decay.

How often do sealants need to be applied?

Dr. Andersen and Dr. Imdacha check the integrity of the sealants during routine visits. Generally, a sealant application can last for many years before a new application is needed.

Children can receive protective sealants as new molars develop to proactively protect the health of their teeth.

Learn more about the benefits of dental sealants by calling the office nearest you today or by using the convenient online booking feature.