A Colorado Springs dentistry can apply a sealant to your teeth quickly and painlessly. Learn more about dental sealants and dental hygiene.
What is a dental sealant?
Sealants are a thin coating painted in the groves of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. These groves can exist on both the primary (baby) and permanent teeth. Food tends to get caught in these groves and causes decay. By sealing these groves we can keep food out of the groves and prevent decay. They are great to help create a smooth easy to clean tooth surface.
According to the American Dental Association, more than 75 percent of dental decay starts in these deep grooves, so a sealant can protect teeth from decay for many years. Dentists should check for wear or chipping at regular dental check-ups.
Sealants can last up to 10 years, however, 2-4 years is a more realistic life span. The longevity of sealant material depends on how dry the tooth was when it was placed, how hard a patient chews, if they clench their teeth, etc. In the very young patient is very difficult, if not impossible, to keep a tooth as dry as we would like when placing a sealant. We still do sealants on these patients, but realize that some of these sealants may have to be retouched at a future appointment. However, the sealants will prevent decay that might form on these young patients who are also the most difficult for parents to brush or for us to treat.
There are several advantages to sealants.
They do not require anesthesia, a shot.
They do not require drilling.
They are a preventative and conservative approach to decay.
The tooth is stronger with a sealant than it would be with a filling.
The sealants take less time to place than fillings.
Less costly and a tooth with a sealant looks normal.
In short, sealants will prevent decay in teeth of children and adults. If we have a cooperative child the sealant should last at least 5 years. For younger children sealants are indicated, however, they may have to be retouched more frequently. They are much less costly or traumatic than a filling.
Does insurance cover the cost of sealants?
Many insurance companies will cover the cost of sealants 100 percent. Check with your dental insurance carrier to find out if sealants are covered under your plan.
Elm Family Dentistry Dr. Tara Pool DDS
6475 Wall St Suite 202
Colorado Springs, CO 80918