Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are quick, painless, and an effective way to prevent cavities. They are typically recommended for children, but adults with certain mental or physical challenges can also benefit from them.

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First, our dentist or hygienist will isolate the tooth to be treated and place cotton around it to keep saliva away from it. The chewing surfaces are then cleaned and dried. Then, the sealant material is painted onto the pits and grooves of the tooth.

They Help Prevent Cavities

Aside from regular brushing and flossing, dental sealants are one of the most important preventive treatments available. They help protect the biting surfaces of your back teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.

The nooks and crannies of the chewing surface of your teeth, known as pits and fissures, are favorite hiding places for bacteria. Even if you brush and floss well, it is difficult to remove food stuck in these microscopic cracks.

These tinny holes can cause tooth decay, especially in children and teenagers. Getting sealants on your child’s molars as soon as they come in, as recommended by their dentist or hygienist, helps prevent cavities and saves you money in the long run from needing fillings or other costly treatments.

When you get a sealant treatment, your teeth are first cleaned and isolated using cotton or gauze to ensure they remain dry throughout the procedure. An etching solution is then put on the chewing surface of your teeth to roughen it up and encourage bonding with the sealant material. This is rinsed off, and your tooth is dried again before the very viscous sealant material is painted onto the chewing surface of your molar. This is then set and hardened with a safe blue light.

Once your dental sealant is in place, it will last a very long time if you maintain good oral care practices. Brushing your teeth twice a day, especially along the gum line and at the biting surfaces, is essential for protecting your dental sealants.

They Are Painless

Dental sealants are a painless treatment that can save children from the trauma of tooth decay. They can also prevent other problems that may arise due to poor oral hygiene, including school absences and poor performance in class. They can also make it easier to eat food.

The application process is simple and quick, which means your kids won’t be scarred by dental paranoia or fear of the dentist. The teeth are isolated and dried before the liquid sealant is applied to the chewing surface of the molars. The sealant is a safe plastic resin that flows into the grooves and pits of the back molars and premolars to create a protective layer against food remains and bacteria that lead to tooth decay.

Once the sealant has been applied, it is hard to tell that there is anything different about the tooth, except perhaps a slight bitter taste that can easily be rinsed away. Sealants can last for up to 10 years, although they will need to be replaced occasionally due to chipping or wear.

Sealants are recommended for kids whose molars and premolars have deep grooves or pits that are more likely to develop tooth decay. However, adults can also benefit from this preventative measure, especially if they have trouble brushing their back teeth or have a diet high in sugary foods and drinks.

They Are Affordable

Sealants cost around $30-$40 per tooth and are often covered by insurance. This preventive treatment can help kids avoid costly dental repairs in the future.

The application of dental sealants is a painless procedure that can be done in one visit. First, the teeth that will be sealed are thoroughly cleaned. They are then dried and cotton or another absorbent material is placed in between the teeth to keep them dry. The chewing surfaces of the teeth are then painted with an acid etching solution to roughen them up, which allows the sealant to bond to the tooth. The teeth are rinsed and dried again. The dentist then paints the runny sealant material onto the chewing surfaces of the tooth and into the grooves and pits. A curing light is then shined on the teeth to harden the sealant material.

It’s recommended that children get their teeth sealed as soon as their molars and premolars with deep pits and grooves erupt, which is usually between the ages of six and 11. This will help protect them from cavities and decay until permanent teeth come in. However, even adults with healthy teeth should consider getting sealants as a preventative measure.

There is also evidence that suggests that kids with special mental or physical challenges may benefit from sealants. This is because these conditions can make brushing and flossing difficult for them, especially in the back of their mouths where cavities are most likely to occur.

They Are Effective

Sealants are a great preventive measure that can be done in the dentist’s chair and is very painless. After the teeth are cleaned and dry, we apply a small amount of a mild acidic gel, which roughens up the chewing surfaces of your back molars and premolars, to help the sealant bond to the enamel. This step is quick and easy, and your child won’t even notice it. The teeth are then rinsed off and dried once again. Now we are ready to apply the dental sealant, which is a safe plastic resin that flows into the pits and grooves on your chewing surface. The liquid sealant creates a thin, protective layer that shields the molars from harmful bacteria and food debris that can cause cavities.

Typically, we recommend children get their molars sealed as soon as their permanent molars and premolars come in, which is usually around age six. This helps protect those hard-to-reach spots that are prone to tooth decay, and it is much more cost-effective to do so than to treat the decayed teeth later on. In fact, many dental insurance companies cover the procedure at 100% for kids.

Sealants are also recommended for adults with deep grooves or pits on their biting surfaces. Though brushing and flossing are very effective at keeping these areas clean, it can be difficult to get the toothbrush into all the nooks and crannies of some teeth, especially those with deep pits and grooves.