Dental Sealants

Dental sealants have become a cost-effective solution for parents as part of a child’s preventive dental care approach. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are virtually unnoticeable and completely painless. They help prevent certain types of cavities and are inexpensive compared to the cost of a filling. Typically, sealants are given to children, but adults can use them as well.  Do not be surprised if sealants are recommended on adults. The recommendation will be based on the tooth anatomy and risk of caries. You can get your new dental sealants at either of our locations in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas.

Serving Multi-Purposes

When we place sealants over these surfaces, your child’s healthy tooth structure is preserved for years. In fact, one application of sealant can last for as long as 10 years. The Ivy Rose Family Dentistry team regularly schedules checkups on your child’s sealants. This added measure helps us to maximize the life of the sealant and to verify that no infection is occurring under the sealant.  Our sealants are tooth-colored and unnoticeable making this the ideal choice in cavity prevention.

How They Work

Sealants protect the chewing surfaces of your teeth from cavities, especially premolars, and molars. When you brush your teeth, the bristles of the brush sometimes have difficulty removing food particles from the deep pits of your teeth. By sealing these areas, we help you avoid procedures that are more expensive or invasive. Usually, a dental sealant procedure involves the following steps:

  • We clean the surface of the tooth and dry it.
  • The tooth is gently washed with a material that opens up the tubules of the tooth allowing the sealant to adhere better to the tooth.
  • After applying the sealant, a curing light is used to solidify it to the surface of the tooth within 20 seconds.
  • We examine the sealant and verify that it is sized correctly.

We have a firm understanding of how to apply and care for dental sealants.  As long as the sealant remains, the covered chewing area will be protected.  Our hygienists are highly trained and have over 15 years of experience placing sealants. To learn more about dental sealants and to determine if they could be beneficial for members of your family, contact us today.