Dental Tooth Sealant
Dental sealant – a thin plastic coating that covers the surface of your molars. Sealants are clear or white and cover the small grooves in your back teeth, preventing tooth decay. They are 100% safe, only take a few minutes to apply, and will protect your teeth for up to 4 years.
Over 90% of people have had at least one cavity in their life. Cavities can lead to serious tooth decay and result in your tooth being replaced. These painful and high cost dental procedures can be avoided with sealant for teeth.
How Do Dental Sealants Work?
It only takes about 30 minutes to apply teeth sealants. The whole procedure is safe and completely pain-free. To apply dental sealants, our dentists follow these steps:
- The patient’s teeth are thoroughly cleaned
- The sealant is painted onto the teeth
- The sealant is set using a special light which turns it hard
And just like that, your back teeth are protected against decay and cavities. The sealant on tooth procedure requires no recovery time. Just remember to avoid chewy and sticky foods, as these can damage your sealants.
Filling Grooves and Depressions
The back teeth have natural grooves called fissures, which can be deep and difficult to clean, and can accumulate food particles and bacteria. Sealants fill in these fissures, creating a smoother surface that is easier to clean.
Barrier Against Decay
By covering the grooves and depressions, sealants keep out plaque and food, thus reducing the risk of decay. Since the areas covered by the sealant are protected from cavities, the sealants help to prevent the need for more dental work in the future.
Sealant is quick and painless
The tooth is cleaned, dried, and then a solution is placed on the tooth to make the surface a little rougher, which helps the sealant bond to the tooth. The tooth is rinsed and dried, and then the sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly and hardens.
Sealants are recommended for childrens and teenagers
The likelihood of developing decay in the pits and fissures of teeth begins early in life, making sealants particularly beneficial for children and teenagers. However, adults with deep grooves in their molars and premolars that are free of fillings or decay can also reap the benefits of sealants.
Can Children Get Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a great option for adults and children. With almost 20% of 6 to 11-year-olds suffering tooth decay, dental sealants can offer 80% + protection for a low cost. Your child won’t experience any pain when the sealants are applied, and the whole procedure takes less than 30 minutes!
How Much Do Dental Sealants Cost?
The cost of sealant per tooth is $30 to $60, and dental insurance can cover the entire procedure! This low cost treatment is a great way to protect your teeth from decay and avoid paying for high cost treatments such as implants.
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cost of dental sealants is not high. Even better, they are very fast to apply, and you can be back at work or school on the same day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tips for Avoiding Cavities
Dental sealants provide amazing protection against tooth decay and cavities. However, to further protect your tooth you should follow these tips as well:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Rinse your mouth regularly
- Visit the dentist at least twice a year
- Avoid sugary and acidic food
If you combine the above tips with dental sealants your teeth will be indestructible!
Do You Need Dental Sealants?
Up to 90% of adult Americans have suffered at least one cavity in their lives. You can easily avoid tooth decay with dental sealants as they provide 80% + protection for 2 years. They only take 30 minutes to apply and are 100% painless.
If you want to avoid cavities and tooth decay, then dental sealants are a fabulous low cost and non-invasive option. For as little as $30 per tooth, you can protect your teeth from cavities for years!
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