A dental sealant is a thin, protective coating that’s placed on teeth to protect them from decay. Sealants are usually made from plastic, which is in liquid form when it’s applied to the tooth, so it easily spreads into the deep grooves on the chewing surface of molars.
The sealant hardens shortly after it’s applied, creating a smooth barrier that provides extra protection from bacteria that cause cavities. Sealants are especially beneficial for molars because it’s hard to get the pits and grooves clean with regular brushing.
Sealants can be put on baby teeth if your dentist at About Smiles is concerned about deep fissures that make the teeth susceptible to cavities. It’s essential to preserve baby teeth because they save the space needed for permanent teeth to grow in properly.
Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in. It’s best to coat them before there’s time for decay to develop. The first permanent molars come in between the ages of 5-7, while the second permanent molars appear between 11-14 years of age.
While it’s best to apply dental sealants when molars first appear, they can be used any time throughout the teen years.
Yes, adults can benefit from dental sealants. Everyone is susceptible to dental decay and sealants are a great way to help prevent that from happening. The coating can even be applied over early decay to stop it from becoming worse.
If your teeth have deep grooves that are hard to clean, talk to your dentist at About Smiles about dental sealants.
Your dentist at About Smiles will clean and dry your teeth, then use an acidic gel to slightly roughen the surface. This doesn’t harm your teeth, but it makes it easier for the sealant to bond. After the teeth are rinsed and dried, the sealant is applied, and a blue light is used to quickly harden the sealant.
The sealant can last up to 10 years. Your dentist or dental hygienist will check the sealant at every regular checkup to be sure it hasn’t worn away. If necessary, it can be repaired by adding more sealant.
At About Smiles, we are in-network with most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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