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For more than three decades, dental sealants have served as preservers for teeth surfaces. Made of a plastic coating, dental sealants help prevent tooth decay. How does tooth decay occur? When debris and bacteria remain in the grooves of your teeth, it could lead to more serious dental problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Why Choose Dental Sealants?
Bacteria found in dental plaque may lead to tooth decay. If you leave bacteria on your tooth’s surface results in a cavity. Brushing your teeth properly removes the plaque, eliminating bacteria.
However, many people face difficulty brushing their back molars as their toothbrushes fail to gain proper access in the deep grooves of their back teeth. This encourages plaque build-up, increasing the chances of developing tooth decay.
By using dental sealants, you can protect the grooves of your teeth, by creating a smoother tooth surface. This way, your toothbrush bristles can easily clean your teeth, efficiently removing plaque, bacteria and debris.
About the Procedure
The dental sealant procedure is most often performed on baby teeth and is then repeated every few years.
Regular application of the dental sealants ensures superior protection from tooth decay.
1) Your dentist will first clean your teeth and dry them.
2) Your dentist will then apply an acidic solution allowing the sealant to attach to your tooth’s surface.
3) Your dentist will then coat each tooth with a layer of the sealant mixture, either a white or clear solution.
4) Your dentist will use a curing light to harden the dental sealant.
The Cost of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants range in cost between $25 and $50 per tooth. Often, insurance companies cover the cost of dental sealants.