About Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are a simple preventive dentistry treatment that aids in the fight against tooth decay. Made of a smooth clear or white plastic material, sealants are applied to the tops of the permanent back teeth (premolars and molars) to minimize the risk of cavity formation. At Plymouth Dental Group, Dr. E. Morgan Scheiber often recommends dental sealants to fill the deeper pits and fissures that naturally occur on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. These protective coatings help to block harmful bacteria, food particles, and plaque from collecting and leading to the formation of cavities in these areas. Speak with our friendly team today to learn more about the benefits of dental sealants for cavity prevention.
Best Candidates for Sealants
While patients of all ages may be great candidates for sealants, they are often placed on the permanent molar and premolar teeth in children ages 6 – 12. The natural anatomy of the back teeth tends to trap bacteria, food, and plaque, making these areas more susceptible to tooth decay — especially among children. However, adults who are decay-prone may also benefit from sealant placement. Dental sealants are only placed in teeth that are healthy, show no signs of decay, and do not already have fillings or other restorations. Sealants not only help maintain oral health and lower the risk of cavities, but they can also save your family from greater dental needs in the future.
How Are Dental Sealants Placed?
During your child's dental exam and cleaning visit, Dr. Scheiber will assess the teeth and help you decide if sealants are right for your child's needs. Dental sealant application is a fast, one-visit treatment that usually does not require anesthesia or sedation, making it a great procedure for patients of every age. Prior to the application, we will clean and polish the chewing surfaces of the teeth to remove plaque, bacteria, and tartar. Our team will then brush the sealant material into the grooves and cure (harden) it with a special light. After the application is set, we will ensure the dental sealant is in the correct position and check your child's bite for comfort.
After the treatment, your child should be free to return to their normal routine. However, we do recommend avoiding hard or sticky foods for the next few days. Sealants may be long-lasting when cared for properly with a good oral hygiene routine at home. Even though the smooth surface of sealants makes it easier to keep the teeth clean, it's still important to follow a regular at-home oral care routine, including brushing twice every day and flossing daily. During your child's routine preventive care visits at Plymouth Dental Group, Dr. Scheiber will monitor their sealants and let you know if those sealants need to be reapplied over the years.
Insurance Coverage for Sealants
Most dental insurance companies cover dental sealants for younger patients, as dental sealants are a preventive treatment. Since coverage amounts can vary, especially for teens and adults, our office will review your insurance plan before calculating any personal cost. Plymouth Dental Group accepts several methods of payment, including medical financing, to help make your family's care convenient and affordable.
Prevent Tooth Decay
Your family may be among the many patients who could benefit from dental sealants for cavity prevention. Dental sealants are a great way to avoid future dental needs, such as fillings and crowns, and are a quick, comfortable procedure. To learn whether dental sealants are ideal for your loved ones, contact our Plymouth, MA office to book an appointment with Dr. Scheiber.