In our previous blog, we gave a brief overview of dental sealants and their benefits as an added tool in preventing tooth decal, especially for children. In this blog we answer some basic questions that people have about sealants.
Who Can Get Sealants?
Both children and adults can benefit from sealants, but the earlier you get them, the better. First molars appear around age 6, and second molars break through around age 12. Sealing these teeth as soon as they come through can keep them cavity-free from the start, which helps save time and money in the long run. Ask your dentist if sealants are a good option for you and your family.
How Are Sealants Applied?
Sealing a tooth is fast and easy. It’s a quick and painless process. Your dentist will clean and dry the tooth before placing an acidic gel on your teeth. This gel roughs up your tooth surface so a strong bond will form between your tooth and the sealant. After a few seconds, your dentist will rinse off the gel and dry your tooth once again before applying the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth. Your dentist will then use a special blue light to harden the sealant.
Can Sealants Be Placed Over Cavities?
Sealants can be used over areas of early decay to prevent further damage to your tooth. Your dentist can keep an eye on the tooth to make sure the sealant is doing its job.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing but sometimes a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visit, your dentist will check the condition of the sealant and can reapply them as needed.
Are Sealants Covered By Dental Plans?
Some plans do cover sealants, so check your benefits company to find out what coverage you have.
Ask your dental hygienist or dentist about sealants for you or your kids
Talk to Dr. Poz or Dr. Andi to see if you or your children would benefit from sealants. But Remember: Just because you have sealants doesn’t mean you don’t have to brush and clean between your teeth every day. Sealants are added protection against decay!