Dental sealants – All you need to know about
Dental sealants have long been a secret weapon to preventing teeth cavities, and combating kids cavities from a young age. While everyone know what a cavity in your tooth is, unfortunately not many know what makes a dental sealant or how they work.
These sealants are thin plastic filaments that can protect and cover areas of your teeth that are exposed or require protection. You can get these sealants applied to your teeth at any number of dentist offices or clinics, and it’s a quick and safe way to protect yourself from tooth decay.Most of the time, no anesthetics are required.
How are sealants applied?
Once you have decided on this method of teeth sealant, there’s a process that your dentist will follow. The target tooth must be cleaned and properly prepared before the sealant can be applied.
When your tooth is prepared and dried, there’s a base layer of dental solution that applied. Think of this as a sort of primer, which helps your dental sealant adhere to the tooth.
Once the base layer has dried and your target tooth is ready, the sealant is applied in liquid form and allowed to harden.
Why are dental sealants superior?
Preventing tooth decay is a big part of any growing child’s life, and certainly one that can provide great value. Fluoride can help in this regard, but it’s only present in toothpaste and drinking water. Sealants take this protection one step further by covering the chewing surface of the teeth and keeps bacteria and food from causing damage.
Why are dental sealants needed?
Foods and sugars can break down the enamel of your teeth and over time can progress into a cavity, leading to further complications.
Is my child ready for this kind of dental procedure?
If you think your child needs dental sealants or just some extra help to prevent tooth decay. We can answer many of your questions about this procedure.
Will my insurance pay for sealants?
This will really vary depending on your company and your insurance policy. We will discuss options and if needed we will send an estimate to the insurance company.
Who should get dental sealants?
Children who have had their permanent molar come in are prime candidates for tooth sealants. Because their first permanent molars erupt between ages 4 and 7, this is a good time to consider this type of dental treatment.
The second set of permanent molars can also come in during the early pre-teen years, and provides an excellent window for you to protect their teeth for a lifetime of happy and healthy teeth.