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Sealants are a great option for preventing cavities and tooth decay.

Posted by Erin Jeseo on May 2, 2017

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are applied by your Dentist or Dental Hygienist. They are a thin, plastic coating that is applied to the deep grooves of the chewing surface on your permanent molars. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a preventative shield over the enamel of each tooth surface. Sealants are usually placed on the back teeth, pre-molars and molars. According to the American Dental Association, both children and adults can benefit from dental sealants.

Why Are They Important?

  • In addition to fluoride use, sealants can tremendously reduce your child's risk of developing cavities. Dental sealants cut down on cavities by 86% in the first year and 58% after four years.
  • Dental sealants help prevent cavities and thus more extensive dental treatment in the future. This makes them a very cost-effective form of preventative dental treatment.

Are Dental Sealants Safe?

  • Dr. Tucker's office only uses BPA-free sealants on our patients.
  • As stated by the American Dental Association, "based on current evidence, there is no health concern relative to BPA exposure from any dental sealant material."

How Much Are They?

  • Many dental plans/insurance policies cover sealants. To check if you are covered, please contact your insurance company.
  • Opting for dental sealants at your child's dentist visit will make the most sense not only for your teeth, but also for your budget.

Applying Dental Sealants?

  • The molars will erupt around 6 years and the pre-molars will erupt around 12 years of age.
  • During your dental visit, teeth will be cleaned and dried. Then a gel is applied, which helps the sealant adhere to the tooth, and then is rinsed away.
  • The teeth are dried again and the sealant is applied. A few seconds of exposure to a light source may be used to cure the sealant and make it semi-permanent.

Schedule your appointment today for a lasting smile!

Dr. Douglas Tucker, DMD. 169 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Ph: (518) 463-6153.