Dentists at Peach Smiles have a goal to primarily save patient’s teeth. Preserving the natural teeth is an important task for patients and dental professionals.
One way to accomplish such a feat begins at a young age. The development of dental sealants has allowed dentists to keep premolars and molars healthy in children/teens (4-17) and adults.
Our teeth have grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces. Cleaning and maintaining the depths of these areas can be difficult. Dental sealants aid in filling the grooves and help prevent developing caries. The sealants are thin, plastic coverings gently painted into the deep grooves, creating a barrier between food particles and the groove surface.
When permanent premolar and molars erupt, food and bacteria pose a risk of causing decay, especially in deep grooves.
The cost-efficient procedure not only prevents decay; it saves patients expenses. In case decay does occur in the grooves, several outcomes can happen: cavities, root canal infections, and eventual extractions of severely decayed teeth.
Procedure of a Dental Sealant
· With a paste and motor powered brush, the chewing surface is cleaned.
· With cotton rolls, the tooth is isolated from saliva or any contaminants.
· To chemically roughen the tooth surface, a weak acid solution is used.
· The tooth is rinsed and dried.
· The dental sealants will be lightly painted into the grooves.
· Using a UV light, the sealant material is light cured to create a solid even seal.
· Following the procedure, any adjustment to the bite may be done, however over time by chewing the sealants will automatically reduce to its appropriate level. Please visit our office if this sensation prolongs for more than a week.
· Maintaining a good oral hygiene is important. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily and using mouth wash all prevent bacteria, in plaque, from producing acids that will slowly break down the sealants.
· After the procedure, a slight unfamiliar may be felt when chewing. Do not be alarm as it will subside within a week.
· For a bad and sour taste, drinking a flavored beverage will help.
· Refrain from chewing on hard, sticky foods such as nuts, hard candy, taffy or ice, resulting in chipping of the sealants.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SEALANTS
How long do sealants last?
Sealants have a lifespan of about 5 year or more. It is highly reliant on the oral hygiene. They can chip and wear, so regular dental visits are necessary.
Will sealants be visible or seen in the mouth?
Sealants have a light, clear tint and blend in with the natural tooth.
Are sealants placed on every tooth?
No, sealants are meant for grooves found on molar and premolars.
Can sealants be placed if I have braces?
Yes, even with braces preventing cavities is very important. Sealants will help minimize the risk of developing cavities and other complications associated with having braces.
Do sealants pose any risk to my health?
In recent studies, Bisphenol-A has shown to potentially be harmful. Most sealants do not include this ingredient, but if they do the level of exposure is minimal and safe.
Are sealants mainly for children?
No, adults with a tendency to have cavities or with deep grooves may benefit from sealants. Visit us to see if you are a candidate.
What is the cost of Sealant?
At Peach Smiles, we offer preventive dental services like Sealants at affordable prices for patients without dental insurance.
Are Sealants covered by Dental Insurance?
Most of the time sealants are covered, but only for children and up to a certain age.