Sealants are a clear, thin plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
Why should my child get sealants?
Dental sealants are a great tool in preventing cavities. They seal off the deep grooves, which makes the top of the tooth flat and helps prevent decay. They are typically recommended for children ages 6-14, but children of any age can benefit from them. They can only be placed on virgin teeth (teeth with no decay present). Once the dentist examines your child’s teeth and determines that there is no decay, they may recommend for sealants to be placed. They are quick and easy, requiring no shots (anesthesia).
How are they applied?
- The child’s teeth are cleaned and polished.
- Each tooth that is to be sealed is dried with air and a cotton roll is placed next to the tooth to keep it dry.
- An etch gel is placed on the chewing surface of the teeth being sealed. This helps the sealant bond/stick to the tooth.
- The etch is rinsed off and teeth are dried off again.
- The sealant material is placed onto the chewing surface and a curing light is used to harden the sealant material.
This whole process generally only takes minutes to do.
Can my child eat lunch on the day they get sealants?
Yes. Your child will be able to eat and drink immediately after they are placed.
Are sealants permanent?
Sealants can remain effective for as long as a decade, but they will still be checked for wear and tear at every dental check up. Sealants can be replaced as needed.
Do insurance companies cover sealants?