Dental Sealants in Houston, TX
Our goal is for our patients to require the least amount of dental treatment possible. Children who enter adulthood with the fewest restored teeth will enjoy the lowest risk of future problems.
Sealants can dramatically reduce the number of cavities a child might develop over the course of their childhood. On the chewing surface of molars, deep grooves run into the center of the teeth. Under a microscope, these crevices might look like a deep canyon. In fact, most of them are narrower than a single toothbrush bristle, but wide enough for bacteria to hide. It’s easy to see how cavities can form in such a perfect hideout.
If the grooves in permanent molars are sealed at a young age, the risk of decay on the chewing surfaces decreases dramatically. Fortunately, this procedure can be done quickly, comfortably, and oftentimes without an anesthetic. The sealant material creates a smooth surface and fills in the grooves, making the biting surface easier for little hands to keep clean. A resin material is flowed over the grooves and quickly sealed with a blue activating light. Within a few minutes, your child’s teeth are protected against cavities.
Sealants last a few years and may need to be repaired or replaced periodically. However, research confirms a 90% reduction in tooth decay along the chewing surface in sealed molars. This cost-effective, simple step may help your child enter adulthood with fewer fillings and less risk of significant dentistry in the future.