Dental Health: Sealants

Dental Health: Sealants

Dental sealants can be referred to as a thin, plastic-like coating which is painted on the surface of the teeth to prevent dental decay. This sealant bonds into the grooves and depressions of the tooth and act as a protective shield covering the enamel of our teeth.

While brushing your teeth and flossing helps in removing food particles, plaque and tartar from the teeth, it can get difficult to reach in all the nooks and corners and crannies of the back teeth. Dental sealants help in protecting these vulnerable regions of your mouth from decay and seals out food and plaque.

Who Should Get Sealants?

Both children and adults can benefit from dental sealant treatment. However, children and teenagers are the most likely candidates of a dental sealant treatment as they have a higher probability of developing decay in the grooves and depressions on their molars and premolars.

Generally, children should get a dental sealant treatment as soon as their permanent premolars and molars come in. This helps in preventing their teeth from cavities during the ages of 6 to 14 years, which are highly prone to cavities.

How Are Sealants Applied?

The following process is involved in the application of dental sealants

  • Your teeth are thoroughly cleaned to remove any food particles, plaque and tartar.
  • Each tooth is dried by placing cotton or an absorbent material around the teeth.
  • An acidic solution is applied to the chewing surface of the teeth. It helps to roughen them as it helps in the sealant bond with your teeth.
  • Your teeth are rinsed and dried.
  • The dental sealant is painted upon the enamel of your teeth. This sealant bonds with the teeth and hardens.

How Long Do Sealants Last?

Dental sealants can help to protect your teeth for almost a decade. However, you need to ensure proper oral and dental hygiene practices such as brushing your teeth, flossing regularly and scheduling regular dental check-ups and professional cleaning.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Sealants?

Most insurance companies cover the cost of dental sealant for only minors. However, it is best advised with your check with your dental insurance carrier to know whether dental sealant treatment is covered under your insurance policy.

To know more about dental sealant treatments, schedule a consultation with our team at Gentle Family Dentistry. Your team shall be happy to assist you.