Sealants are often associated with child oral care but are something people of all ages may need. A dental sealant is characterized by an acrylic-like material that works to shield the surface of the tooth from decay-causing bacteria and other environmental factors. Not only are dental sealants a cost-effective way to protect the teeth, but they are minimally invasive and unnoticeable to the outside eye. Sealants are typically recommended for children who are showing some signs of tooth decay early on. If caught before the decay turns into a bigger problem, sealants can work to save the child’s teeth. Dr. Ron Katyal and our entire Premier Smiles team believes in doing everything we can to educate our patients – both young and old – about the various procedures and options available to them. Dental sealants are extremely cost-effective and have been proven to stop decay in its tracks. In fact, studies indicate that sealants can reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80%. As you can imagine, this is incredibly important when it comes to your child’s dental health.
With more than 22 years experience in cosmetic and family dentistry, Dr. Katyal has outfitted countless patients with sealants, which has in turn provided them with the foundation for a healthy set of teeth. Sealants are quite common and performed at our Dallas dental clinic on a regular basis. Dr. Katyal will do everything in his power to ensure you understand his recommendation – such as sealants – and then proceed accordingly. We are dedicated to educating our patients and working closely with them to ensure they fully understand the ‘why’ behind the treatment Dr. Katyal suggests. As a family dentist, we believe in honest pricing and treat every patient as if they were our own family member. We know that going to the dentist isn’t everyone’s favorite thing to do, which is why we will do everything we can to make your experience a comfortable one. Dr. Katyal focuses on building and maintaining relationships with his patients and will go above and beyond to ensure all needs are met and any questions are answered.
How Do Sealants Work?
Sealants serve as a layer of protection, or a raincoat, if you will, for your teeth. Cavity and decay-causing bacteria live in everyone’s mouth and can produce acids that can be quite damaging to the teeth if left untreated. If Dr. Katyal notices bacteria is present and is starting to become a problem, he may suggest a sealant in order to protect the tooth and keep the bacteria from causing cavities or decay.
Do I Need Sealants?
While everyone may be a candidate for sealants, we most commonly outfit children with them. This is because the earlier you get them, the better. Molars come in around the age of 6 and second molars around the age of 12. If Dr. Katyal notices any problem areas with this developing molars, it may be in your best interest to have them sealed so they are cavity-free right from the beginning. An affordable option, sealants can help save you both time and money down the road.
If you have any questions about sealants or would like to schedule an exam with Dr. Katyal to see if you or your child could benefit from dental sealants, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Premier Smiles is a leading Dallas dental clinic committed to offering honest pricing and going above and beyond with every patient. When you choose us as your dentist, you can rest assured that we will never recommend any dental treatment or procedures that we wouldn’t for our own family.