Dental Sealants in Saratoga Springs, NY

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About Dental Sealants

Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Made of clear or shaded plastic, sealants are applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity-free. Even if your child brushes and flosses carefully, it is difficult –sometimes impossible – to clean the tiny grooves and pits on certain teeth. Food and bacteria build up in these crevices, placing your child in danger of tooth decay. Sealants “seal out” food and plaque, thus reducing the risk of decay.

The application of a sealant is quick and comfortable. It takes only one visit. The tooth is first cleansed. It is then conditioned and dried. The sealant is then flowed onto the grooves of the tooth and allowed to harden or hardened with a special light. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment. Research shows that sealants can last for many years if properly cared for. So, your child will be protected throughout the most cavity-prone years. If your child has good oral hygiene and avoids biting hard objects, sealants will last longer. Your dental hygienist and dentist will check the sealants during routine dental visits and can recommend reapplication or repair when necessary.

The treatment is very affordable, especially in view of the valuable decay protection it offers your child. Most dental insurance companies cover sealants. Some companies, however, have age and specific tooth limitations. Check with your benefits provider about your child’s coverage and talk to your dentist or hygienist about the exact cost of sealants for your child. The natural flow of saliva usually keeps the smooth surfaces of the teeth clean but does not wash the six-year and twelve-year molars. Many times the permanent premolars and primary molars will also benefit from the protection of sealants. Talk to your pediatric dentist, as each child’s situation is unique. Sealants are only one step in the plan to keep your child cavity-free for a lifetime. Brushing, flossing, balanced nutrition, limited snacking and regular dental visits are still essential to a bright, healthy smile. -American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Dental Sealants FAQ

Is it painful to get dental sealants?

No, it isn't. The sealant material is simply brushed onto your teeth, with no pain or discomfort at all.

How long do dental sealants last?

Results will vary, but on average most patients can expect their sealants to last between 5 – 7 years or longer in some cases if they aren't damaged or fall out.

Are dental sealants worth getting?

If you want extra protection against tooth decay and cavities, then yes, dental sealants are absolutely worth it. Dental sealants help to preserve and prolong the health of your teeth in a simple, easy procedure.

Can adults get dental sealants?

Yes, they can. Most of us are more familiar with children getting dental sealants, but adults can also take advantage of the protection dental sealants offer.

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