Sealants

Pediatric Dental Professionals

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Austin, TX

Even if your child meticulously brushes and flosses their teeth, it’s virtually impossible to get all the grooves and pits of the hard-to-reach back teeth completely clean. To combat this problem, the expert team at Pediatric Dental Professionals in Austin, Texas, including pediatric dentist Danny Watts, DDS, and orthodontist Stephen Robirds, DDS, offer sealants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sealants prevent 80% of cavities for two full years after application. With this simple treatment along with good oral hygiene, your child can avoid cavities in their molars. Book an appointment for sealants online or by phone now.

Sealants Q & A

What are sealants?

Sealants are a thin shield that covers your child's molars. The sealant prevents bacteria from settling into the tooth grooves and pits to cause cavities. Even if your child's a careful and enthusiastic brusher and flosser, it's practically impossible to remove all the bacteria and debris from the back teeth every time. 

Children who are still learning how to brush properly have an especially hard time even reaching their molars to brush properly, but sealants solve the problem by giving those back teeth an additional protective layer. Sealants also make the tooth grooves and pits smaller, making it easier to brush properly.

Is my child a good candidate for sealants?

Yes, because sealants are beneficial for all children. At Pediatric Dental Professionals, Dr. Watts recommends that all kids get sealants at two points in their life: first, when they get their primary molars at about age 6, and then again when they get their adult molars at about the age of 12. 

What do sealants look like?

Sealants aren't visually obvious because they're tooth-colored. When your child opens their mouth, you usually won't be able to immediately spot the teeth treated with sealants. 

How does the dentist apply sealants?

Dr. Watts cleans your child's teeth, and then he gently buffs the teeth with a solution. This creates the ideal surface for the sealant to stick to. Then, Dr. Watts paints the sealant onto each molar. 

To speed up the hardening process, he applies a special light for a short period. The process is pain-free, and most children tolerate it extremely well.

How long do sealants last?

Sealants can last for as much as 10 years, but it's different for everyone. Generally, sealants wear away gradually over the years. Dr. Watts checks the state of your child's dental sealant at each checkup. If the sealant gets chipped or becomes overly worn, your child might need retreatment, but it's usually not needed because of ordinary wear-and-tear. 

Sealants can give your child the protection they need to maintain strong and healthy molars. To schedule sealants for your child, call Pediatric Dental Professionals or book an appointment online anytime.