Even if you brush your teeth twice a day, you could still be susceptible to cavities. That’s because the chewing surfaces of your teeth may have deep groves that are difficult to clean, and can be narrower than even a single bristle of a toothbrush. A hygienist can determine if dental sealants are a good option for you and your children.
What is a dental sealant?
It is a thin, protective coating that is placed on the chewing surface of your teeth to help protect them from decay, just like a raincoat keeps you clean and dry during a storm. It will smooth out any deep groves so that bacteria will not have a place to hide.
When are dental sealants placed?
We recommend sealants when adult teeth are finished erupting. Sealing these teeth as soon as they come through can keep them cavity-free from the start, which helps save the tooth, save you time, and save you money in the long run.
What is the process?
The process is very simple, and best of all, it doesn’t hurt. Your hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth then apply a solution that will allow the sealant to stick tightly to the tooth. The hygienist will then paint the sealant on, in a liquid form, that hardens in about a minute with the help from a special light.
How long do they last?
Dental sealants can last many years. During your regular dental visit, your hygienist will check the condition of the sealant.
Do I still need to use fluoride if I have dental sealants?
Yes. Dental sealants only protect the surface area that they are placed on. Fluoride helps protect all the surfaces of the tooth from decay and cavities.
Does insurance cover dental sealants?
Yes! Call our office and we can discuss the amount of coverage that your dental insurance plan may offer.