As a family dentist, Dr. Makhoul offers procedures like dental sealants to children and adults in South Orange County. A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves.
Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface. To learn more about how sealants can help protect your child's dental health, please call (949) 596-0296 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Makhoul.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits. Sealants are recommended for all family members with no age limit.
Reasons for sealants:
- Children and teenagers – As soon as the six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear or any time throughout the cavity prone years of 6-16.
- Adults – Tooth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions.
- Baby teeth – Occasionally done if teeth have deep grooves or depressions and child is cavity prone.
What Do Sealants Involve?
Sealants are easily applied and the process takes only a couple of minutes per tooth. The teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and then surrounded with cotton to keep the area dry. A special solution is applied to the enamel surface to help the sealant bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried. Sealant material is carefully painted onto the enamel surface to cover the deep grooves or depressions. Depending on the type of sealant used, the material will either harden automatically or with a special curing light.
Proper home care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new sealants.
Start preventative care when your child is young: Contact the office of E. M. Makhoul online or call (949) 596-0296 to learn more about sealants and other family dentistry treatments. We welcome patients from Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and other Orange County communities.