Long-Term Protection Without Detection
Many people have deep pits and grooves in their teeth, making them
especially susceptible to decay. Children with poor brushing habits
may also develop decay easily on their newly erupted molar surfaces.
And although both of these situations may have previously meant
cavity trouble at each dental visit, dental sealants now offer a
means of successfully protecting molar and premolar chewing surfaces
from decay. Recognized by the American Dental Association as a key
means of cavity prevention, dental sealants are simply a thin plastic
film that can be applied to your at-risk tooth surfaces.
Sealants are particularly simple to apply. First, we identify and
fill any spots of decay, then prepare your teeth with a cleaning
and etching solution. After about 15 seconds, we thoroughly rinse
the solution, dry the surface, coat your teeth with the sealant,
and harden it with a curing light. The entire procedure is not only
painless, but fast: requiring between ten and forty-five minutes,
depending on the number of teeth we're sealing.
Properly applied, dental sealants create an impenetrable physical
barrier for small food particles and cavity-causing bacteria, making
them nearly 100 percent effective in preventing tooth surface decay
and the resulting cavities. Unbroken, they last between five and
ten years. And although most insurance companies only cover sealant
procedures at a minimal level, more and more companies seem to be
recognizing this technique's value as a preventive measure that
will help reduce future dental costs and more aggressive treatments.
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