With dental sealants, our dentist can protect smiles for years to come. This treatment covers the surface of the tooth and prevents bacteria from building up. Come in to meet with Dr. Joe Rosenberg, and our dentist can determine whether you or your child would benefit from sealants. Patients can make an appointment for dental sealants in Great Bend, Larned or St. John, Kansas, by calling Rosenberg Family Dentistry today.
A sealant is a preventive dental treatment that our dentist may recommend to protect patients’ teeth from decay. A dental sealant is made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material, which is painted onto the chewing surface of teeth. By blocking out the bacteria and food debris that lead to tooth decay, the sealant prevents decay and cavities. The dental sealant forms a smooth coating over the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface, which also makes it easier to effectively clean teeth with normal brushing.
Dental sealants are most often recommended for children. Our dentist frequently recommends sealants for the permanent molars as soon as they come in, usually between the ages of 6 and 12 years. We may also recommend dental sealants for adult patients whose teeth are prone to decay or have not been restored or suffered from decay in the past. We can apply dental sealants in just one short, comfortable visit to our practice.
Sealants can be a powerful tool in preventing decay and keeping your smile healthy. To learn more about dental sealants and how we can keep your smile in good health, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.
FAQ'S ABOUT SEALANTS
WHAT ARE DENTAL SEALANTS?
Sealants are dental grade materials used to cover teeth depression and grooves to prevent and treat tooth decay. They are made from thin plastic that is bonded to the teeth surface (enamel) as protection. Sealants are commonly used on molars and premolars as they are the usual areas for tooth decay.
WHEN ARE SEALANTS USED?
Sealants are used either to prevent decay or treat ongoing decays in the teeth. Think of sealants as shields for your teeth. Shields are used to defend and protect, which are exactly the purpose of sealants for your teeth.
For protection, sealants are applied even at the onset of tooth decay or even when there is none yet. This is especially true for kids and teens to prevent their teeth from decaying. Sealants are also effective when cavities and caries are already formed, which are causing toothaches. Sealants are used to cover the holes and prevent further decay.
When sealants are applied, food debris and leftovers won’t be stuck in between teeth or on surfaces. That way, bacteria cannot linger to cause decay.
Q3: WHO ARE THE CANDIDATES TO GET SEALANTS?
Generally, sealants are for everyone, especially for preventive purposes. Kids that are starting to develop their teeth are recommended to get sealants to avoid tooth decay early on. We also don’t want our children to endure toothaches, right?
Teenagers who are most prone to cavities should also get sealants to protect their permanent teeth. Adults and old members of the family can still get sealants. Actually, this sector neglects their own tooth decay the most, thinking that treatment is for the young members of their family.
But everyone should treat their decaying teeth because it doesn’t just affect their oral health but also their overall well-being. A sealant treatment is an effective solution to prevent teeth from decaying.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GET A SEALANT?
This is related to question number two. The best time to get a sealant is NOW. Don’t wait for decays to get severe or toothaches to happen. As they say, prevention is better than cure. Sealants will act as your preventive measure to counter teeth from decaying and deter some more teeth problems.
HOW ARE SEALANTS APPLIED? ARE THEY PAINFUL?
First, the sealant application isn’t painful. It’s actually a convenient and painless dental treatment that can be done very quickly.
SEALANTS APPLICATION PROCESS:
1. Our dental team will clean and dry the focused area.
2. An acidic gel will be applied to the targeted area. The gel will prepare the tooth enamel for bonding.
3. The gel is rinsed from the teeth and once again the dentist will dry the target area.
4. The sealants will be applied to the grooves of your teeth.
5. As a finale, a blue light will be used by your dentist to harden the seal.
DO SEALANTS CAUSE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
There are no known side effects with the use of sealants, except for probable allergy issues, which are very low and not harmful.
HOW LONG DO SEALANTS LAST?
Sealants are long-lasting. It can withstand up to 10 years if the teeth are well taken care of. A regular dental check-up is necessary to ensure sealants are still intact. As necessary, sealants are easy to replace.
ARE SEALANTS COVERED BY DENTAL PLANS?
Some insurance plans do cover sealants. To make sure, you can inquire with your insurance provider about your dental coverage.