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