Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC
Ever hear the saying that the best defense is a good offense? At SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we believe the same holds true when protecting your child’s oral health. We offer sealants as part of our preventive care services.
How do sealants work, and when are they recommended?
Made of non-toxic resin, a sealant is a thin plastic-type coating that is painted on the tops of teeth (the chewing surface), bonding into the grooves and forming a protective barrier against tooth decay. Sealants are recommended for pediatric patients, especially on their permanent molars and bicuspids, which typically are problem areas for children to keep clean.
Keep in mind that even with sealants, patients should continue a comprehensive regimen of at-home oral hygiene that includes brushing and flossing daily, and visit the dentist twice per year for cleanings and examinations.
How are sealants applied?
Applying sealants is easy and painless, and is typically done so after a thorough dental cleaning. First, the teeth are dried, and then a special etching solution is applied to the tooth to help adhere to the sealant material. Then, the sealant is applied and is hardened by a special curing light. Once the material is set, the patient can eat or drink as usual.
Are sealants safe?
Sealants are 100 percent safe and non-toxic.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants will last between three and five years, although some sealants can last even into adulthood. During your child’s routine checkups, we will ensure their sealants are intact and replace them if necessary.
You can prolong the life of sealants by encouraging your child to maintain a good regimen of at-home oral hygiene, and prevent him or her from chewing on ice, popcorn kernels or other objects such as pens, pencils, and fingernails.
To learn more about sealants or any of the other preventive care treatments we offer at SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, call our office at (864) 647-9000 to schedule a consultation.
SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provides total oral health care to patients living in the areas of Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC.