Sealants

dental sealantErie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA

Going the extra mile now to protect your children against tooth decay can help to set them up for a lifetime of good oral health. At Laser Dentistry of Erie, we offer a regimen of preventive care to help your children fight tooth decay and cavities. One of our most successful preventive care measures is the application of sealants.

What are sealants?

Sealants are a compound made of a non-toxic resin. The staff at Laser Dentistry of Erie can apply a sealant to the chewing surface (tops) of back teeth, directly following a dental cleaning. Sealants bond directly into the grooves of teeth, forming a barrier against cavities by protecting these hard to clean areas.

Are sealants right for my child?

Laser Dentistry of Erie recommends sealants for all of our pediatric patients, particularly on back teeth such as the molars and bicuspids, which tend to be the biggest problem spots for children to keep clean.

Are sealants safe?

Yes, sealants are 100 percent safe for your child and non-toxic.

Can adults get sealants?

We usually only apply sealants to permanent teeth once they erupt in a child’s mouth. Any situation that would involve the administration of sealants to baby teeth will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by our pediatric team.

How long do sealants last?

In most cases, a sealant will last between three and five years, although there have been some instances where sealants have lasted into adulthood. During your child’s routine dental checkups and cleanings, we will check their sealants to make sure they are still intact.

You can extend the life of a sealant treatment by encouraging your child to abstain from chewing on ice, popcorn kernels or other objects such as pens, pencils, and fingernails.

The use of sealants is considered to be a supplement to an existing regimen of protection against tooth decay—not a replacement for regular at-home oral hygiene. Parents should continue to encourage their children to brush their teeth twice per day and floss daily, while also bringing each member of the family to the dentist twice each year for a thorough examination and professional cleaning.

Want to learn more about sealants, or any of our other preventive care procedures? Then contact the office of Laser Dentistry of Erie by calling (814) 825-2615.

Laser Dentistry of Erie serves Erie, PA and the surrounding areas.