19 September 2008

Dental SealantAlso known as tooth sealants. Sealants have offered a protective plastic coating that covers the surfaces of teeth to help prevent tooth decay(cavities). The net result is a smoother tooth surface, one which is less likely to trap food and plaque and one which is easier to clean with your toothbrush. Tooth decay can lead to tooth death.

Tooth Decay and Children
Because of their many bumps and grooves, the chewing surfaces of children's teeth are highly susceptible to cavities. These grooves (called pits and fissures) may be more problematic for some children than for others.
Cavities
Children in cavity-prone years (aged four to 17) and adults all face the same pit and fissure problem. Premolars and molars have the most pits and fissures, and are difficult for people of any age to reach with a toothbrush or dental floss.

Procedure of Dental Sealant
The dental sealant procedure is usually performed on baby teeth soon after they erupt, and repeated at regular intervals over the years. Since the sealant is gradually lost through natural wear and tear of the teeth, the application must be repeated to remain effective.
  • Dental SealantDentist will clean the teeth, dry them and apply a slightly acidic solution that is designed to help the sealant bond to the tooth surface.
  • Each tooth is painted with a very thin layer of the sealant coating. Dentist will use a high-intensity curing light to harden the sealant after it has been painted on your teeth.
  • Sealants can last for many years, but they should be checked regularly and assessed for possible re-application.
It is important to note that sealants do not replace fluoride. Rather, they add to the benefits of fluoride, and may preserve teeth so that they do not decay or require more extensive dental procedures later on.

DollarsDental Sealants Costs
The cost of dental sealants can range from approximately $30o $50 per tooth. Dental insurance will often cover the cost of dental sealantsbut still, this dependent on the level of insurance you have. See your dentist about the advantages of sealants for your particular situation, and the out-of-pocket costs associated with sealants.

1 comments:

Dentist Hayward said...

Short but informative post. What's great about dental sealants is that it is easy for dentists to apply to seal each tooth. Anyone can benefit from t just as long as you are a candidate for this procedure.

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