Dental Sealants in Indianapolis and Fishers, IN
At Children’s Dental Center, we provide pediatric dentistry in the Indianapolis area. We dedicate ourselves to helping kids have a positive experience at the dentist. Our staff provides a warm, welcoming environment that kids will enjoy. We realize that some kids have anxiety about going to the dentist, especially for the first time, so we do our best to provide a fun environment for kids. For parents, you can trust that your child is getting some of the best care in the area. We are a pediatric dentist in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. Our dentists can perform a variety of dental procedures for children beyond just dental cleanings and exams. We offer dental sealants to protect your child's teeth after their regular cleaning.
What are Sealants?
While brushing and flossing are essential to prevent cavities, it is not always possible to clean every small part of your child's mouth. When it comes to children’s teeth, it can be hard to reach the back their mouth. Sealants can protect your children’s teeth from bacteria, and pieces of food. These sealants keep teeth from decaying. You can rest easy knowing that sealants come from non-toxic resins. Your Fishers pediatric dentist paints the sealants onto the surface of the tooth. Then, it's cured using a UV light or with gentle chemicals. Many sealants are even made with fluoride to further strengthen children’s teeth. They can remain in place for up to 10 years.
How Can Sealants Help My Child?
Dental sealants can be of great benefit to protecting children’s teeth. Research has found that 4 out of 5 cavities in children happen on the biting surfaces of molars. This is where we apply most of the sealants. A sealant can protect these teeth and keep your children from getting cavities in these areas where they are more likely to occur. Molars are particularly susceptible to cavities as they have deep grooves.
Many dentists recommend applying sealants to 6 year and 12 year molars as they come in. The sealants protect the molars from cavities and decay. It will keep your child from unnecessary discomfort and an extra trip to the dentist. Sealants help by filling in the molar and allow your child’s brushing and flossing to be more effective. The CDC found that children without sealants are three times more likely to have cavities.
How are Dental Sealants Applied?
The experienced pediatric dentists at Children's Dental Center are happy to apply sealants. First, they will look at your children’s teeth and check for decay, fractures, and chips. Upon confirmation that the tooth is healthy, the sealant can be applied. The chosen teeth are then cleaned and the chemical is applied to the teeth, slightly roughening the surface. The rough texture is small and does not change the tooth's appearance. This roughness allows the sealant to stay in place. Then, the tooth is dried and the pediatric dentist paints on the sealant. This material is clear and easy to remove if a tooth needs repairing. Dr. Edwards has years of experience applying these sealants and can also apply more resin if needed.
Are There Side Effects?
Other than allergies, there are no known side effects from sealants.
How Long Do They Last?
They can last for sever years, up to as many as 10.
What About Cost?
Many insurance plans cover sealants, but it does depend on your plan. Contact us to learn more about costs.
Why Come To Us?
Dr. Michelle Edwards is an experienced pediatric dentist. Her specialty is working with children and providing high quality dental care to each patient. Kids can be fidgety and have a hard time sitting still during dental procedures. Dr. Edwards and the rest of our staff know that kids can feel nervous, so they focus on creating an experience that is calming and enjoyable. Dr. Edwards is patient and kind and will take the time to talk to your child. Our staff will make sure and explain the procedure to the child to put them at easter. Dr. Edwards has been applying sealants for many years and has the expertise to do the high quality job you want for your child.
Get Dental Sealants Today!
Schedule an appointment to get dental sealants for your child today. Our friendly staff at Children’s Dental Center are happy to help and answer any questions you may have.