Dental sealants are a thin, protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (the premolars and molars). Sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth from cavities and decay. Children, teenagers, and adults can improve their oral health by protecting their teeth with sealants.
Protect You & Your Child’s Teeth From Decay
The chewing surfaces of the back teeth have deep pits and grooves where food particles and bacteria can easily get trapped, making dental sealants crucial in preventing cavities and tooth decay. Dental sealants provide an extra layer of protection to help keep your teeth and your child's teeth healthy and cavity-free.
Dental Sealants For Kids - The Facts
Dental sealants for kids prevent most cavities if applied soon after the first permanent molars grow in. First molars "6 year molars" begin to come in around age 6 and second molars "12 year molars" begin to come in around age 12. Only 43% of children aged 6-11 have sealants, yet children without sealants are 3 times more likely to develop cavities according to the American Dental Association. Sealants serve as highly effective and largely underused cavity defenses. Our team of talented pediatric dentists will help prevent your child from developing cavities by applying dental sealants.
Why Adults Should Consider Sealants
Dental sealants for adults are a valuable part of preventative dental care. Maintaining good oral health is important for overall well-being, as it is directly related to various systemic health conditions. Research by the Harvard Medical School has established a strong connection between oral health and heart disease, stroke risk, and other systemic illnesses. Poor oral hygiene can lead to the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth, which can enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation. The bacteria can contribute to the development of cardiovascular problems by triggering the release of harmful substances that affect the heart and blood vessels. Oral bacteria have been found in the plaque buildup within arteries, further linking oral health to the risk of heart disease and strokes.
Our experienced team of dentists is here to help you manage your oral health with dental sealants and provide you with education on important preventative oral hygiene habits.
How are Sealants Applied?
Dental sealants are applied in a few simple steps. First, the teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and dried. Then, a safe acid solution is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth to help the sealant bond securely. After rinsing and drying the teeth once again, the dental sealant material is carefully painted onto the tooth enamel, where it flows into the pits and fissures. The dentist may use a special curing light to harden the sealant quickly. Once the sealant is set, it forms a protective barrier, shielding the tooth enamel from harmful acids and bacteria. The application of dental sealants is a quick and painless process providing long-lasting protection against cavities and tooth decay.
How long Do Dental Sealants Last?
Dental sealants are durable and can last for up to 9 years with proper care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sealants can protect against 80% of cavities for up to two years after application.
Sealants sometimes fall off due to normal wear and tear. With regular dental check-ups, your dentist can monitor the condition of your sealants and easily reapply them as needed to ensure your sealants are in good condition and remain effective.
What are Dental Sealants Made Of?
Dental sealants are made of a plastic resin material or a glass ionomer material. Both plastic resin and glass ionomer sealants are safe, and your dentist can answer any questions you have about the sealant materials. The American Dental Association (ADA) assures the safety and effectiveness of dental sealants in preventing tooth decay.
Cost of Dental Sealants in Wisconsin
The average cost of dental sealants in Wisconsin is between $30-$60 per tooth. Prices can vary depending on your insurance, the number of teeth being sealed, the dental office's geographical location, and any additional treatments or follow-up required.
Dental insurance plans may cover some or all of the cost of sealants, especially for children. Consult with your dental provider or insurance company to understand the specific costs and coverage options available to you.