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4 frequently asked questions concerning sealants

Tooth decay may be reduced with the addition of a layer of protection from sealants, which Dr. Christy and Dr. Meghan may recommend for your kiddo.  Below are the answers to four frequently asked questions about this preventative procedure.

What are dental sealants?

Sealants are coatings (similar in material to fillings) applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s back adult teeth. There are many pits & grooves on these molars and premolars, making them more susceptible to dental decay. These teeth will be better protected from cavities if a pediatric dentist applies dental sealants to prevent plaque and bacteria from sticking in these deep nooks and crannies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), sealants may prevent up to 80% of cavities for two years and 50% of cavities for up to four years after they are applied.

What is the normal lifespan of dental sealants?

Dental sealants may last for up to ten years, based on how well your child cares for their smile. We will examine the sealants every six months to see whether they need to be replaced or repaired. If your little one loses or chips a sealant on a molar or premolar, we can easily touch it up.

Does getting dental sealants hurt?

Sealants do not require any numbing or drilling. The dentist first performs a thorough cleaning with a special toothbrush to prepare the teeth for the procedure. The sealant material is placed on the tooth similarly to applying nail polish.  Then, a special light is used to harden the sealants on the chewing surfaces. Your child can eat and drink right away after they are placed!

Does dental insurance cover dental sealants?

Many dental insurance plans include dental sealants as a preventative procedure, so it’s worth checking your policy’s details. Each plan is different and our staff is happy to help you look into this!