Dental sealants provide a protective barrier on your child’s molars and premolars against tooth decay and cavities.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental Sealants are a thin, plastic coating that are placed on the molars and premolars. This coating fills in the grooves – fissures – on the chewing surface. It is sometimes hard or nearly impossible to clean these grooves with a toothbrush, making them prone to decay and cavities. Adding dental sealants provide a barrier in the grooves and pits of those teeth, creating a smooth surface.
When to get Dental Sealants
You can get dental sealants on your child’s teeth as soon as the entire surface is erupted beyond the gum. Kids get their permanent molars in around the age of 6 years old and premolars at 12 years old. Adults can also get dental sealants for teeth with deep grooves and fissures as well.
Applying dental sealants is quick and easy and can be added to your next routine dental visit. I requested dental sealants for my son’s teeth during a routine dental visit. I had thought that I would have to come back for a special service. I was surprised when it was done during his regular visit with Dr. Pollock. It was very quick and no discomfort.
How are Dental Sealants Applied?
Dental Sealants can be applied during your child’s next routine dental visit. They clean the tooth’s surface, rinse, and dry it. A solution is then applied to create a microscopically rougher surface for the sealant to adhere. Next, the liquid sealant is then painted onto the tooth enamel where it bonds to the tooth and hardens. It is that simple. The sealants can be clear, white, or slightly tinted. We can’t even notice them on my son’s teeth.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
Adding dental sealants to your chlid’s teeth at an early age will prevent possible cavities and fillings. If you can prevent a filling early, you could also be preventing possible root canals and crowns in the future. Dental Sealants prevent this entire costly and painful process by protecting against decay from the beginning. Your child will still need to continue good oral care including brushing, flossing, and rinsing as this only protects the chewing surface.
Many dental insurance plans cover dental sealants, however the price is very, very reasonable if you have to pay out of the pocket like we did. As I recall, adding dental sealants were a fraction of the price of what it would cost to get a tooth filing at Dr. Adam Pollock’s practice in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
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Dr. Adam Pollock D. D.S. Pediatric Dentistry
1707 Portage Trail
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
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