While there is no single method for protecting teeth from disease and decay, dental sealants are one proven treatment option that can help maintain dental health along with regular cleanings and at-home care. At Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, our experienced pediatric dentists will evaluate your child’s teeth on his or her first visit and will determine the best timing for applying dental sealants. In some cases, tooth sealants will be applied in conjunction with dental fillings. Learn more below, or request an appointment today. Also serving 5th avenue, the greater Central Park area, & more!
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the surface of the tooth to protect the grooves of the teeth from decay. Decay often begins in these grooves because they are hard to clean and susceptible to a buildup of plaque. Sealants create a smooth surface that fills deep grooves and makes teeth easier to clean.
When should dental sealants be performed?
Tooth sealants can be applied to children once the six-year molars are present, or any time between the ages of 6 and 16.
What does getting dental sealants for kids involve?
Dental sealants are performed in-office. Sealants are applied by cleaning the selected tooth and then painting the sealant onto the tooth enamel, where it will harden and bond to the tooth and protect it from decay. This procedure takes just a few minutes and is painless.
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