You know how important it is to protect your teeth, which is why you are considering sealants and how they might help your smile. We at Dr. Dale Rottman DDS are here to tell you a little bit more about sealants, who they are for, and the pros and cons of investing in this form of tooth protection.
What are sealants?
Sealants are just thin, plastic seals that are painted onto your teeth’s chewing surfaces. They are mostly used on your premolars and molars to help prevent cavities and other forms of decay. The sealant dries very quickly and bonds to every small groove and texture of your tooth in order to protect the enamel. Even those of you who are quite diligent about removing food particles and plaque by brushing and flossing may not be able to reach all the particles trapped in between your teeth. A sealant can prevent these particles and plaque from getting into the grooves of your teeth.
Who needs sealants?
Sealants are usually a great option for teenagers and children since they usually have yet to develop any cavities or decay in the grooves of their teeth. However, even adults who haven’t had any fillings or cavities in their molars are also good candidates for sealant protection. If you are interested in sealants for your children, we recommend that they receive the sealants as soon as their permanent molars and premolars come in. This will protect them through the ages of 6 to 14, which tend to be the most cavity-prone years. Sometimes, it can even be beneficial to get sealants on baby teeth, especially when the teeth have deep grooves and ridges. It’s important to keep baby teeth healthy and in place as these teeth determine the spacing for the future adult teeth.
How does the dentist apply the sealants?
The good news it, sealants are entirely painless! The procedure only takes a few minutes and looks something like this:
- The dentist makes sure to clean the teeth being sealed thoroughly to ensure that no food particles or plaque get trapped underneath the sealants.
- Each tooth is dried by placing cotton or other absorbent material around the teeth.
- The dentist applies an acid solution on the teeth to help make them a bit rougher. This allows the sealant to bond more effectively to the teeth.
- Each tooth is then rinsed and dried once again.
- The dentist paints the sealant onto the teeth’s enamel. Soon, it hardens and firmly adheres to the surface of the tooth.
How long will my sealants last?
Believe it or not, sealants can last up to ten years! However, make sure your Thiensville dentist checks them each time you come in for a routine cleaning. They can chip or wear down depending on your lifestyle, so you will want to keep an eye on how they are holding up. The good news is, sealants are simple to replace and repair.
Will my insurance company cover the cost of my sealants?
We at Dr. Dale Rottman DDS have found that many insurance companies do cover the cost of sealants. However, to be sure, we recommend that you contact your insurance carrier directly to ask if they are covered under your specific plan.
Are there any reasons to avoid getting sealants?
Well, sealants may not be necessary for everyone. Some kids don’t struggle as much with tooth decay as others, so always check with the dentist to see if your child could benefit from sealants. Also, if you or your children have already had cavities or fillings on your molars and premolars, then sealants are not recommended.
If you want to learn more about sealants and how they could benefit you or your child’s teeth, call the professionals at Dr. Dale Rottman DDS in Thiensville today. We look forward to helping you protect that smile! When you come in for your appointment, we will assess the current status of your teeth, as well as how effective a sealant may be for your oral health and cavity prevention. You can schedule a regular cleaning, inquire about sealants, or learn more about our services. We are also pleased to offer dental treatments such as crowns, bridges, teeth whitening, dental implants, TMJ treatments, general cleanings, and more.