Dental Sealants in Memphis, TN

Dental Sealants
in Memphis, TN

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.

Dental Sealants in Memphis, TN

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.

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The Benefits Of Dental Sealants

Totally non-invasive

It takes just a few minutes for your child to get dental sealants, and no drilling or needles are involved. The process is completely non-invasive.

Excellent protection

With pediatric dental sealants, your child’s risk of cavities will be dramatically reduced. Sealants are particularly good for rear teeth, since the molars have deep pits and grooves that make them more susceptible to decay.

Convenient treatment

Dental sealants can usually be done as part of a six-month preventive visit at Aviation Pediatric Dental Associates. This means that it’s easy to fit this treatment into your family’s busy schedule.

The Pediatric Dental Sealant Process

Tooth prep

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.

Sealant application

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.

UV treatment

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.

Before & Afters

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Did you know?

Dental sealants can prevent 80% of all cavities and tooth decay.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these frequently asked questions, or call us to speak with our team.

How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?

It’s possible for sealants to last up to 10 years with proper care. However, for most kids, dental sealants are about 80% effective for two years, and 50% effective for five years. Usually, Dr. Hobbs will recommend that kids get dental sealants around the age of six, since this is when their first adult molars come out.

Then, your child can get treatment again when they're about 12 or 13, which is around the time that their second set of adult molars should emerge. This treatment interval provides the best protection for their rear teeth.

Why Would My Child Need Dental Sealants?

All kids can benefit from dental sealants. Whether your child has had lots of cavities or has never had a cavity, sealants are a convenient and simple way to reduce their risk of tooth decay. Treatment is affordable, too, and most dental plans cover dental sealants for kids under the age of 18 as a preventive treatment.

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