What are dental sealants used for?
Dental sealants provide protection for molars from decay and cavities. The sealant material is made out of a thin plastic coating that can quickly bond to the grooves and depressions of the teeth. The material is painted on each tooth creating a protective shield.
Practicing good oral hygiene habits at home with brushing and flossing helps, but it is hard to reach all of the food particles from the tooth’s surface. Sealants can last up to 10 years, and children are recommended to have sealants when both their premolars and molars erupt.
Typically insurance companies cover sealants a certain number of times a year.
Who can benefit from dental sealants?
Both adults and children can benefit from dental sealants. Dental sealants help prevent cavities in children, and over 43 percent of children between the ages of 6 to 11 have them. Sealants are completely safe and they last for years. They protect teeth in children during the cavity prone years. Adults that do not have decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from dental sealants.
How are sealants applied?
The process for dental sealants is simple and only takes a few minutes. First, teeth are thoroughly cleaned so they can be sealed. Each tooth is dried so that the sealant can adhere properly. An acid solution is placed on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This helps to create a rough surface so that the sealant material adheres to the teeth. The sealant material is then painted on each tooth, and a curing light is used to help the sealant harden.
During your regular dental exam we will always check your dental sealants for chipping or wear and tear, to ensure they remain in good condition.
If you are interested in finding out more about dental sealants contact our office to schedule an appointment.