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Dental sealants are a quick, easy, and relatively cheap solution for preventing cavities.
Getting to the hard to reach back molars and premolars is nearly impossible for little, untrained hands and sometimes even for adults! Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in the back of your mouth. It can be difficult for your brush to get between the small grooves between your teeth, but if left alone those areas can develop tooth decay or cavities. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on a tooth’s surface. When sealing a tooth, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to gather plaque. With sealants, teeth brushing should become easier and more effective. Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth after their permanent teeth have grown in, which helps prevent tooth decay. Adults can also receive sealant treatments to help keep their teeth healthy. While it’s more common to seal permanent rather than baby teeth, but every patient has unique needs, so your dentist will make recommendations on a case-by-case basis.
Who Needs Dental Sealants?
Usually kids tend to be the main recipients of dental sealants because they haven’t built good brushing habits yet. While they’re learning how to brush and reach the problem areas in the back of the mouth, sealants can help keep their teeth healthy. That being said, adults can also get sealant if they have a history of dental problems, or would like some added protection for preventative care.
The American Dental Association recommends that kids receive dental sealants as soon as their adult teeth grow in.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
Sealants typically last from three to five years, although it’s not uncommon to see adults with sealants still intact from childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants come off, schedule an appointment and we can help. Sealants are a noninvasive, preventive treatment that protects teeth and keeps them healthy while they mature and strengthen.
What Is The Procedure For Dental Sealants?
The procedure for applying sealants is simple, painless, and only takes one visit.
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We offer convenient hours and are an in-network dental practice with some of the most popular New Bremen Smiles dental insurances including Delta Dental, WDS, MetLife, Premera, Regence, Aetna and Cigna.