Dental sealants are special types of protective coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of a child’s permanent (adult) molars. Molars are the largest teeth in the back of the mouth with the very mountainous chewing surface.
In most circumstances, we recommend placing sealants within six months of the time molar teeth erupt. This is due to the outstanding cavity prevention that sealants provide to “cavity prone” deep pits on the chewing surfaces of these hard-to-reach teeth.
Benefits of Pediatric Dental Sealants
- Improve brushing effectiveness by reducing the hiding places for plaque and bacteria
- Prevent bacteria and acids from settling into deep, narrow grooves in teeth
- Significantly reduce the risk of cavities throughout childhood
- Comfortable and easy to place
Why Should Children Get Dental Sealants?
It can be difficult—if not impossible— to clean the deep pits and fissures in the chewing surfaces of molars. Some of them are so narrow that even a toothbrush bristle won’t fit. In time, those tight areas can develop demineralization and then active cavities.
The sealant placed over the tooth grooves makes it smoother and more manageable to remove all residue with a toothbrush.
What to Expect During Sealant Application
Getting dental sealants is quick and easy. Usually, they’re placed by one of our hygienists during your child’s cleaning appointment.
First, the applicable teeth are gently cleaned and conditioned. Next, we dry the tooth so that the sealant can bond properly. Then we apply the sealant so that it flows down into the grooves. Finally, a bright light cures the sealant so that it’s permanently set in place. The entire process only takes a few minutes and is extremely easy for the patient to experience.
Most Sealants Covered by Insurance
Since sealants are so effective against combatting tooth decay, most dental insurance policies cover them at 100% up to a certain age (usually 14).
Schedule Sealants Today
Actively reduce your child’s risk for cavities. Call Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan today to find out if your child qualifies.