Our molar teeth have tiny grooves and pits on the chewing surface, that are so small they can’t even be cleaned with a toothbrush bristle. These small grooves are an easy hiding place for bacteria to gather and for a cavity to begin. Dr. Crane will often recommend sealants to fill these areas. Sealants are another line of defense against cavities, in addition to your regular brushing and flossing.
Sealants can prevent 80% of Cavities
When applied correctly sealants can prevent 80% of cavities for up to 2 years and continue to prevent 50% of cavities for up to 4 years. We will use sealants to cover these small grooves and prevent the bacteria from infiltrating the enamel causing a cavity.
Sealants are usually indicated in childhood, first when the six-year molars erupt and then again when the 12-year molars erupt. Sealing these permanent molars soon after an eruption can help ensure they stay cavity-free for a longer period of time.
Painless and typically Quick Process
Getting sealants is a painless and typically quick process, so long as the teeth are able to be kept dry during the procedure. Curious about the process? These are the steps to place sealants:
– 1st step: we will etch the teeth, this cleans and roughens the tooth surface to prepare for a sealant.
– 2nd step: rinse & dry teeth thoroughly
– 3rd step: apply sealant material and spread evenly through each of the pits and grooves
– 4th step: Use a UV light to cure (harden) for 30 seconds
Done! That’s it, quick and pain-free!
Molar tooth after a Sealant
Most insurance companies will usually cover sealants up to a certain age limit. We can help you determine if your child has sealant coverage. Sealants will typically last for several years before they may need to be reapplied. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Sealants, even without insurance coverage, are typically still cheaper than the patient portion for a filling if decay begins.
At your regular dental check-up, Dr. Crane will evaluate if sealants are recommended! As always, let us know if you have any questions regarding the sealant process or if there is any insurance coverage.
Faster, better, and more comfortable care is available at Dental Care Of Sumner. We truly live up to our name with an office packed full of advanced technology and a team who is helping move dentistry into the 21st century.