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Dental sealants help prevent decay, a problem for both kids and adults today. Children treated with sealants have about 50 percent fewer cavities in their molars and premolars, making sealants one of the most important preventative treatments available for your child.
What is a Dental Sealant?
Dental sealants keep food from lodging in the pits and fissures of molars, where it can cause cavities. The thin plastic film fills in the grooves and pits on the tooth’s chewing surface so back teeth are easier to keep clean. The majority of decay in school age children occurs on molars, which is why sealants are so effective. Dental sealants are either clear or white, making them virtually invisible.
How Are Dental Sealants Put On?
A member of our dental team will perform the following steps:
- He or she will meticulously clean and dry the teeth being treated to remove all of the plaque.
- To ensure the sealant bonds, the chewing area is roughened with a mild acid.
- A member of our team rinses the acid off and dries the teeth again.
- The dental sealant is applied with a brush to the chewing surface of the teeth and then it hardens.
- Some sealants require a special LED light to cure the sealant, which is harmless.
The dental sealant procedure is completely painless. There are no shots or drilling.
What is the Average Dental Sealants Cost?
Your cost depends on how many teeth will have dental sealants and the type of sealant used. While there are several types of sealant in use, all of them are effective. If you have dental insurance, it may pay for all or part of the cost since this is a preventative treatment. Dental sealants save dental insurance companies money, since the company won’t have to pay for as many fillings as they would if a child did not have a tooth sealant treatment. Contact our office for a consultation to learn about our affordable fees for dental sealants in Virginia Beach.
Are Dental Sealants for Adults Practical?
While adults are better at keep the chewing surfaces of their molars clean than children, adults who are at a higher risk for developing decay will benefit from a tooth sealant treatment. Our dentists are skilled at applying sealants to patients of all ages.
Why Are Dental Sealants for Children Such a Good Idea?
Children are rarely meticulous about dental hygiene, especially after eating sugary food at school or when they visit a friend’s house. You can’t watch everything that they eat, but you can protect their molars and premolars, which are the most vulnerable teeth, with dental sealants.
Are Dental Sealants Safe for My Kids?
Sealants have been in use since the 1960’s. The American Dental Association tested the dental sealants used today and found that they are all safe for children as well as adults.
Call our office to arrange an appointment to give yourself or your child years of protection from cavities with a sealant dental treatment.