Dental Sealants


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Dental Sealants In Irving, Texas

We all want our kids to have perfect teeth, but only a few can maintain them without some help. Sealing molars is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to protect your child’s teeth, for several reasons. To begin your search for high-quality dental sealants in Irving, reach out to Cottonwood Dental at (972) 261-1166. Continue reading to find out what dental sealants are and how your child may benefit from them.

What Are Dental Sealants?

The chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars) receive very thin coatings of a resin material called dental sealants. They seal the tooth, shielding it from bacteria that sticks to it and causes cavities to form. They can be applied to children’s teeth as well as adult teeth and reduce the risk of cavities significantly.


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Why Are Dental Sealants Placed On Teeth?

The chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth have grooves, called “fissures,”  that make them vulnerable to decay. These fissures can be deep, are difficult to clean, and can be narrower than even a single bristle of a toothbrush. Bacteria accumulate in these areas and produce acid that attacks the enamel, causing cavities to form. 

How Are Pit And Fissure
Sealants Applied?

1. Cleaning: To help provide a good seal, your dental professional will thoroughly clean the teeth receiving treatment so that no plaque or food debris is hiding. There is no drilling or scraping of the teeth. A paste and rotating brush thoroughly clean the tooth surface. Next, we wash the tooth with water and dry it.

2. Prepping: We apply an acidic solution to the fissured area of the tooth’s chewing surface for a few seconds to prepare the tooth for a dental sealant. This creates small, microscopic areas on the tooth’s surface, as well as a fine, rough texture that helps the sealant adhere better. We rinse off the solution after application to provide a clean surface for the sealant.

3. Sealant Application: Next, we paint the sealant into the tooth grooves, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens.

4. Curing: Your oral care provider will use a special blue light, known as a “curing” light, in the final step to help harden the sealant. After the procedure, you can eat and drink right away.

When Should My Child Get
Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are most effective when they are applied at an early age, before any bacteria can become trapped inside the tooth grooves and cause decay. It is recommended to have sealants applied around the age of six when the first adult teeth come in. However, sealants can be applied at any age to help protect teeth from decay.

How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?

Dental sealants can last many years. Our team will monitor the condition of your sealant during your regular dental check ups. If necessary, it is also possible to place a new dental sealant on the tooth.

Schedule An Appointment At Cottonwood Dental

Request an appointment online and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please note we will respond to online requests as soon as possible during our working hours. If your matter is urgent, we encourage you to give us a call at (972) 261-1166.
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