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Sealants

 

What Is a Sealant?

 

A dental sealant is a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent cavities.

 

How effective are sealants?

 

Studies have proven that properly applied sealants are very effective in protecting the tooth surfaces from cavities. As long as the sealant remains intact, small food particles and bacteria that cause cavities cannot penetrate through or around a sealant. Sealant protection is reduced or lost when part or all of the bond between the tooth and sealant is broken; however, clinical studies have shown that teeth that have lost sealants are no more susceptible to tooth decay than teeth that were never sealed. Your dentist and hygienist will examine your sealants at each visit to ensure that they provide the best protection from tooth decay.

 

Why can't I just brush and floss?

 

While brushing and flossing help to remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, toothbrush bristles often can't reach into the teeth's depressions and grooves. Sealants protect those areas and prevent food and bacteria from getting in.

 

How are sealants applied?

 

Our dentists or hygienists can apply sealants easily, and it takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth. First, the teeth to be sealed are cleaned, then a mild acidic solution is placed to help the sealant adhere to the tooths surface. The tooth is then rinsed and the sealant material is placed on the chewing surface. Finally, a special light is used to harden the sealant to bond it to the tooth. Sealant treatment is painless and takes anywhere from five to 45 minutes to apply, depending on how many teeth need to be sealed. Sealants must be applied properly for good retention.

 

How long will a sealant last?

 

As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and usually last several years before a reapplication is needed. The risk of decay decreases significantly after sealant application.

 

Who should receive sealant treatment?

 

Children, because they have newly erupted, permanent teeth, receive the greatest benefit from sealants. The chewing surfaces of a child's teeth are most susceptible to cavities. Surveys show that the majority of all cavities occur in the narrow pits and grooves of a child's newly erupted teeth because food particles and bacteria cannot be cleaned out. Other patients also can benefit from sealant placement, such as those who have existing pits and grooves susceptible to decay. Research has shown that almost everybody has a 95-percent chance of eventually experiencing cavities in the pits and grooves of their teeth.

 

Are sealants covered by insurance?

 

Insurance benefits for sealant procedures have increased considerably, especially as companies start to realize that sealants are a proven preventive technique. This preventive measure can help reduce future dental expenses and protect the teeth from more aggressive forms of treatment.

Avon Dental Group – 860.673.0451 – Complete Dental Services for Your Entire Family

Avon Dentist. Dr. Frank Lombardi, Dr. Robert Breckinridge, Dr. Peter Knowles, Dr. Daniel Geelan and Dr. Gregory Solof provides Cosmetic Dentist, Dental Implants, Invisalign, Family Dentist, Teeth Whitening, Dental Crowns, Emergency Dentist to the following locations: Simsbury, Canton, Farmington. Simsbury Dentist providing excellent dentistry including Cosmetic Dentist, Dental Implants, Invisalign, Family Dentist, Teeth Whitening, Dental Crowns, Emergency Dentist in Avon, Simsbury, Canton, Farmington, Connecticut.

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