Even with daily brushing and flossing, it can be difficult for kids to keep the chewing surfaces of their molars clean.
Dental sealants literally seal these teeth, guarding against the accumulation of cavity-causing bacteria and protecting your oral health.
Learn more about how our dentists, Ruth E. Bailey and Kasey R. Sliger, use sealants at our Knoxville, TN, practice to stop tooth decay...
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants act as a very thin protective coating against cavities. Made of a liquid solution, they are painted onto the molars, particularly the deep pits and grooves. The material is typically a type of plastic but sealants can also feature composite resin and other materials that are used in dentistry. Once the dental sealant has been cured with a light or other method, they are virtually unnoticeable to both the patient.
Treatment Benefits A Trusted Preventive Solution
Receiving sealants at Cosmetic Dentistry of Knoxville is completely painless. The procedure is quick and no anesthesia is necessary. Your dentist will use a tool that is similar to a soft paintbrush to apply the solution.
Sealants can keep cavities from developing in the first place. Once tooth decay develops to a certain degree, you will require a dental filling. Fillings and other procedures that treat decay, like crowns and root canals, are both more involved and more expensive than sealants.
Sealants are a trusted dental solution because they work. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children aged 6 to 11 are three times more likely to develop cavities if they don't have sealants placed.
Once they are in place, sealants require no special care and can last for years. Just continue practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist twice a year for check-ups so they can ensure the sealant material has not fallen off.
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Just How Effective Are Sealants?
Are Sealants Only for Kids?
No. Sealants are recommended for anyone who is especially prone to developing cavities. Children often have trouble cleaning their back teeth well. Plus, they often consume sugary drinks and other types of foods that can make them more prone to developing decay. But that doesn't mean adults can't benefit as well. Sealants are a good option for:
- Anyone with a family history of cavities
- People taking medications that reduce saliva production
- People with receding gums since the tooth roots are vulnerable to decay
- Patients who have undergone radiation to treat head or neck cancer
Sealants & Insurance Coverage
This preventative treatment is nearly always covered by insurance for our pediatric patients. Adults, however, might not be covered. Our team can provide more information based on your specific plan.
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At Cosmetic Dentistry of Knoxville, Drs. Bailey and Sliger use non-invasive and conservative dental techniques whenever possible. Sealants complement this approach to dentistry since they are an effective way to preserve an entire tooth's healthy structure.
If you are interested in learning more about how sealants can protect your or your child's smile, reach out to us today. You can email our Knoxville, TN, office with questions, request a consultation online, or call us at:
Sealants Can Even Stop the Development of a Cavity
In the earliest stages when enamel initially begins to break down, cavities are referred to as dental caries. Eventually, these lesions will require a dental filling or, in more extreme cases, a dental crown or root canal. Fluoride can also be used to slow the progression of cavities on the back teeth, but a report released by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry found that sealants are more effective. Sealants are not only recommended to prevent cavities but also to slow their development.
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What to Expect during Treatment
Receiving sealants is completely painless and quick.