At What Age Should Dental Sealants Be Placed?
In children, it is recommended to apply dental sealants right after their molars erupt. The first molars erupt around age 6, and the second molars appear around age 12.
How Are Dental Sealants Applied?
Applying dental sealants is a simple, safe process. First, we want to make sure to remove and clean out any existing tooth decay before we apply the dental sealant. Teeth are very carefully cleaned and prepared before the dental sealant is placed.
Teeth are also prepared to accept the sealant through a mild etching process to help the sealant “stick” to the surface of the tooth. Once this is done, a bonding solution may be placed on the tooth. Then, the dental sealant is “painted” on the tooth’s surface. Once the sealant is in place, a special light may be used to set the dental sealant.