May 27, 2022
Cavities are common, but did you know they are preventable? A solid home oral hygiene routine, regular dental care, and moderating your sugar consumption can keep tooth decay at bay, but there is more you can do to protect your smile. Dental sealants create an additional layer of protection to promote a cavity-free smile. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions to determine if they are right for you.
How Does a Dental Sealant Work?
A dental sealant is a thin coating of plastic applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth. It is placed in cavity-prone areas, like the crevasses of the molars. This creates a barrier over the enamel to prevent food particles from getting trapped in the small spaces.
Are Dental Sealants Effective?
Dental Sealants hold a commonplace in preventive dentistry because they are a simple, effective method to reduce the risk of decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 80% of cavities can be prevented within 2 years of having them applied. After 4 years, they can reduce cavities by 50%.
Are Dental Sealants Only for Children?
Dental sealants are most often recommended for children because they don’t have the best brushing methods; however, you’re never too old to benefit from their protection. Sealants are an excellent option for adults at risk of decay.
How Are Dental Sealants Applied?
Applying sealants is a quick, pain-free process that can be performed during regular preventive appointments. After the tooth is cleaned, a weak acid is applied to the surface to open the pores in your enamel. It is rinsed off and your tooth is dried before the clear coating is applied. Your dentist will use a special light to harden it quickly.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
Every situation differs and various factors affect their lifespan, but many can last for up to 9 years after placement. Generally, they last for years before needing replacing. Your dentist will check your sealants at each cleaning and checkup to ensure they are offering maximum protection. If a sealant is compromised or falls off, your dentist can quickly replace it.
Are Dental Sealants Covered By Insurance?
Every dental insurance policy differs, so you’ll want to review your coverage. Some plans only cover sealants for children, while other policies include them for adults. They are often included in preventive services, which can be covered 100%. Don’t worry, you don’t have to navigate your policy alone. Your dentist will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize any applicable benefits.
If you are ready to give your smile the best protection against decay, ask your dentist about adding sealants to your preventive plan.
About Dr. Shiloh Lindsey
Dr. Lindsey earned her dental degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry and regularly pursues higher education to provide advanced services. She is an award-winning dentist committed to helping each patient achieve their best smile. If you’re interested in dental sealants, contact our office today.
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