Dental sealants are very thin coatings used to fill in deep grooves and pits in teeth that can harbor bacteria. Sealants are applied to healthy chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent decay and cavities – especially among children. According to the American Dental Association, everyone has a 95% of getting decay in the pits of their teeth if the areas are not protected by sealants. By applying sealants, you can greatly reduce the risk of decay and the save on the costs associated with filling cavities. If you plan to get dental sealants, the CDC recommends doing so shortly after the molars have erupted from the gums – usually beginning around age 6.
Did you know…
- Dental sealants can last up to 10 years in the average patient.
- You’re never too old to protect your teeth with sealants.
- Many parents choose sealants for their kids because it is more affordable and less invasive to prevent cavities than it is to treat irreversible dental decay.
- Sealants are white or clear in color, making them virtually invisible when talking, smiling or eating.
- Dental sealants cover approximately 90 percent of the tooth chewing surface and are 100 percent effective when properly maintained.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if dental sealants are right for my child?
Sealants may be right for you or your if you molar teeth are healthy and free of decay. Schedule a dental consultation for a complete examination to determine if dental sealants could be a preventative health solution for you or your children.
What should I expect with dental sealants?
You will not experience any pain when sealants are placed. There is no drilling, and the entire tooth is left intact for the procedure. The tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and treated with a special gel before the sealant is painted on and cured. Although you may at first feel the sealants on your teeth, the sealants are very thin and easy to adapt to.
Are there any special care instructions to follow after the sealants are placed?
Normal eating habits can be resumed after dental sealants are applied, although the sealants should be checked at every dental appointment for deterioration. Sealants that are damaged or missing can be replaced.