Dental Sealants in Delray Beach, FL
When it comes to protecting your teeth and maintaining good oral health, the most important thing to do is brush often and floss daily. However, brushing and flossing your teeth is just the beginning. It is easy to overlook the back teeth, or molars, and even though you may be brushing regularly, the chewing surfaces of those back teeth don’t always get as clean as they need to be. This is because of the fissures or “pits” in the molars and premolars that allow food particles to build up where toothbrush bristles may not reach. In this case, dental sealants may be recommended by your dentist.
What are dental sealants?
Sealants are made of a plastic material that help protect the teeth from cavities. While brushing and flossing are very important in your daily oral hygiene routine, you’re not always able to get into the grooves or depressions where plaque and food may be hiding. This is why your dentist may recommend dental sealants.
What is the dental sealant process?
After a thorough cleaning of the tooth, your dentist will normally “paint” the sealant on the back teeth (or molars) where it is difficult to brush and get all of the food particles and plaque. The process is similar to how a nail technician will paint your nails. Once the sealant is applied to the tooth, a special light is used so that it will harden and act as a barrier to protect the area.
How long do dental sealants last?
While dental sealants can last for years, it is important to keep your regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist. The reason for this is because while it’s not typical, a sealant may crack and allow decay to set in over time because of food particles and plaque getting through. If this is the case, your dentist will need to take a look and reapply if necessary.
How much do dental sealants cost
While most dental insurance providers will cover the cost of sealants, there are some that don’t. As with a lot of dental treatments, the cost can vary depending on your needs, which is why a qualified, experienced dentist will need to exam you.
If you have any questions or concerns about dental sealants or any other dental procedure, please call us at 561-495-2099 or visit our contact page for more information. We look forward to your next visit and to help you achieve your most beautiful, healthy smile to fit your lifestyle!