What is a Dental Sealant?
Dental sealants are commonly placed on permanent premolars and molars. It is a resin based material applied to the chewing surface of a tooth in order to help prevent cavities. There are no shots or drilling involved. Cavities commonly occur in the deep grooves on the biting surfaces of the tooth. Sealants will help prevent food and bacteria from accumulating in these hard to reach areas.
How effective are sealants?
Sealants are effective in preventing cavities on the chewing surface of the tooth, as long as they are intact. Sealants do NOT last forever, although if properly taken care of, they can last for many years. Regular checkups are essential to ensure the longevity of dental sealants.
Keeping all of your maintenance appointments with your dentist can ensure the longevity of the dental sealants. Remember cavities can occur on other surfaces of the tooth as well, that are not covered by a sealant, such as in between the teeth. Proper brushing and flossing is imperative to protect the entire tooth from bacteria and cavities.
“Remember Sealants help save money”
Sealants cost a lot less than fillings. If you have dental insurance, you may receive coverage on all or some of the cost for sealants. Protecting your teeth with sealants not only prevents cavities, but also prevents costly treatment like fillings, crowns and root canals.
Acids cause damage below the tooth surface causing microscopic holes in the tooth. If the acid damage continues over a long period of time the tooth becomes so fragile that a hole becomes visible in the tooth. As the hole gets bigger, it may become too big for a sealant requiring a more invasive and costly treament.