While children and adults can benefit from dental sealants, the American Dental Association
, ADA, states that the earlier in life patients get dental sealants, the better. In most cases, dental sealants are ideal for children. The process for placing dental sealants is quick, easy, and will not cause the patient pain. As a pediatric dentist, we can help the child remain comfortable and released during the procedure.
To begin the procedure, we will clean the specific tooth or teeth we are placing the sealant. We will then apply a gel for a few seconds to help roughen up the surface of the tooth and then remove the gel. The next step is to apply the sealant to the grooves in the chewing surface of the tooth. After the sealant hardens, the patient will have a protective shell over the tooth.
The overall process will only take around 10 minutes to place a sealant on each tooth that needs it. After the procedure, we will verify the sealants are properly in place. If the parent notices any issues with the child’s sealants, then they need to call us and schedule an appointment.