If your child gets a lot of cavities or you want to make sure they avoid cavities as they grow, dental sealants in Memphis, TN from Aviation Pediatric Dental Associates may be right for them. Along with good at-home oral hygiene and preventative dental appointments, dental sealants can dramatically reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants consist of a thin layer of transparent resin. This resin is applied to your child’s rear teeth in liquid form, and then hardens when our Memphis pediatric dentist exposes it to a special UV light. This creates a strong, clear plastic barrier. This barrier stops oral bacteria, food particles, and acid from touching your child’s tooth directly. In turn, this helps prevent the formation of cavities in treated teeth.
The Pediatric Dental Sealant Process
To begin the process, Dr. Hobbs will clean your child’s teeth and prepare them for the liquid resin. She will apply a solution that will roughen the tooth slightly, then rinse and dry the area.
Once the tooth has been prepared, Dr. Hobbs will apply the dental sealant to your child’s tooth. She will carefully coat the entire surface of the tooth with liquid resin, covering each part thoroughly.
Once their sealant is in place, our Memphis pediatric dentist will use a UV light to “activate” the sealant. This hardens it, and turns it from a liquid into a solid. This process will be repeated for each tooth that’s getting treatment with dental sealants.