Protect Smiles From Tooth Decay With Dental Sealants

August 6, 2020/ Dr. Neal/ 0


Dentist shining curing light on dental sealant

Every parent’s goal is to ensure their child’s well-being. When it comes to their oral health, the best they could provide is guidance for proper oral hygiene. However, parents will still need the help of the experts to give their children the best care possible. So, to protect your kids’ teeth around the clock, dentists recommend the application of dental sealants

What are dental sealants?

Thorough brushing and flossing is a great way to maintain your teeth clean. However, it’s still possible to leave food particles in the nooks and crannies on teeth surfaces. This will eventually accumulate into plaque and cause damage. 

To create a shield on your teeth from these bad elements, you need to seal the bite with sealants. 

Tooth sealants are thin plastic coatings that a dentist or dental hygienist applies on the chewing surfaces of teeth. The purpose of this treatment is to protect the bite from the harmful effects of food such as decay. Usually, the back teeth or the molars need sealants as they’re more prone to bacteria buildup due to its shape and position. 

Although this dental treatment is unnecessary, it is one of the best options to become cavity-free, especially for kids. Tooth sealants are effective, affordable, and easy to apply. 

Who can have sealants?

Because disease-causing bacteria can easily linger in the tooth’s depressions and grooves, sealants are most recommended for kids and teenagers. Nevertheless, adults can also benefit from dental coatings in protecting their molars as long as their teeth don’t have cavities or fillings.

Dentists would suggest that your kids have dental sealants as soon as their permanent molars and premolars erupt. This will keep their teeth protected during the cavity-prone ages between 6 to 14. 

Dental sealants are also best for protecting baby teeth. If a baby’s temporary teeth have deep pit and fissure, it is most likely susceptible to bacteria buildup. It’s also important that you keep your baby’s teeth healthy to prevent them from misaligning due to tooth loss. 

Is the treatment expensive?

The application of sealants is an easy and non-invasive procedure. It can be done in a single appointment and doesn’t need the patient under sedation or anesthesia. The sealant material is also safe and of quality. 

On average, plastic sealants cost around $30 CAD to $60 CAD for each tooth. Some dental insurance companies cover sealant costs considering that the patient is 18 years old or younger. To make sure what your plan covers, consult your insurance provider.

How long will it last?

With proper dental care and maintenance from your dentist, your dental sealants may last for more than 10 years. If the dentist notices that your sealants are starting to chip or wear off, they may replace it as often as necessary. 

How to apply sealants on your teeth

Applying sealant is very easy and simple. It takes only a few minutes to complete and doesn’t involve any surgical procedure. Rest assured, your kids will not experience any discomfort during the process. However, sedation dentistry is always an option if ever your child needs help to get comfortable in the dentist’s chair. Generally, most children feel no pain and anxiety for this process and complete the procedure without a problem.

The steps in plastic sealants application are as follows: 

  1. First, the dentist cleans the teeth thoroughly and makes sure there is no debris stuck in between them. This is done so that nothing harmful for your teeth gets trapped when the coating is applied. 
  2. Second, he dries each tooth with cotton and places absorbent materials around it to keep it dry. 
  3. Third, the dentist etches the tooth by putting an acid solution on the teeth surfaces. As a result, the teeth will get rough and become ready for the bonding process. 
  4. Then, he rinses the solution off and dries the teeth completely.
  5. Finally, the dentist applies the sealants on the tooth. He carefully paints the coating material on the tooth enamel where it bonds directly. A special curing light will be helpful to speed up the process and harden the coating. He may apply up to three times to ensure the coating is thick and durable enough. 

The role of dentistry in upkeeping a patient’s overall health is vital. If you’re aware of this, make sure you let your child regularly see their Newmarket dentist and never skip oral hygiene routine.