Dental Sealants in Cheshire, CT
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are typically done in pediatric dentistry for children but can be done for adults as well. They are made from a thin plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the permanent molars, premolars, and sometimes front teeth to prevent dental decay.
Sealants and fillings are similar since they use the same type of materials. However, fillings are for restorative procedures to fix damaged teeth, whereas sealants are for prevention.
Even with the best oral health routines, deterioration of the enamel can still occur from medications and genetics. Sealants can help provide more support to those teeth where the enamel is affected.
It is important to note that sealants can only be placed on the chewing surface of a tooth. This means that the smooth areas and in between the teeth are still at risk for cavities, and it is important to floss and brush regularly to help those areas.
Two types of sealant are used to protect the teeth; glass ionomer and composite resin.
Glass ionomer sealants are applied by acid etching to bond them to the patient’s teeth. They also release fluoride, which is an important mineral to help strengthen the enamel of teeth.
Composite resin sealants are applied and then cured with a special light. They are made of plastic and ceramic mixed material and will match well with the natural tooth color. This type of sealant does not release fluoride, but they are very durable and can last 5 to 10 years.
The Process of Dental Sealant Procedures
The dental sealant application is a quick procedure that is a non-invasive and pain-free treatment.
- Dr. Kurtz will first clean your child’s teeth to remove any debris.
- Depending on the type of sealant, a small amount of acid will be added to the teeth to help the sealant form to the tooth.
- Using dental sealant material, the dentist will apply a thin coating layer to the grooves of the back teeth.
- A special curing light is used to help the sealant harden, thus bonding it to the tooth.
It may feel a little funny at first, but you will not even notice the sealants after a few days and get used to the sensation.
How do Sealants Help Prevent Tooth Decay?
Sealants prevent dental decay of your child’s teeth by preventing plaque build-up. Plaque build-up is a dental disease that can lead to dental decay, cavities, disease of the gums, and other dental issues.
When dental plaque is sealed out, bacteria that cause dental caries cannot grow or cause dental decay. As a result, dental sealants can improve oral hygiene and dental care. The glass ionomer sealants also release fluoride, which can help strengthen teeth and keep your smile healthy.
Who May Need Sealants?
Dental sealants are recommended for children and teenagers between the ages of 6-13 when their permanent teeth come in. Adults can also receive dental sealants or can visit us to have their sealants fixed. Sealants can also help those who have weakened enamel from medications they take or genetics.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
Dental sealants last approximately ten years, as they are made from very durable plastic. However, dental sealants can wear out over time. Don’t hesitate to contact our dental office if you notice your sealant is damaged or needs to be replaced. Our dentists will also check your sealants during routine dental visits to ensure they do not need any attention.
What is The Cost of a Dental Sealant Procedure?
The dental sealant treatment is affordable and can usually be completed during a single dental visit. We will let you know the total cost of dental sealants when we make out your dental plan.
Some insurance plans may cover the sealants since they are preventive treatment. For more information about insurance or our membership plans, don’t hesitate to contact our office in Cheshire.
Dental sealants are a great way to help protect your child’s dental health and keep their smile healthy for a lifetime.
For more information about our services, insurance coverage, or to schedule an appointment, call our dental office in Cheshire, CT today at 203-699-9705. You can also access new patients forms and schedule a visit here on our website.