Dental Sealants FAQ

dental sealants faq

Preventing cavities is readily done with adequate and consistent brushing and flossing habits. Even with the best oral hygiene habits, it’s not always easy to ensure that every tooth crevice has been thoroughly cleaned, especially your molars. The surface of molars is uneven and rough and is also one of the first places that food particles and bacteria responsible for cavities like to hunker down.

The good news is that your Georgetown dental clinic offers various dental services to protect the teeth, keep them clean and help fight off the potential for cavities. Dental sealants are a thin, protective coating that is adhered to the chewing surfaces of the molars.

Sealants are not a substitute for a good brushing and flossing routine but they can help to prevent the formation of new cavities.

You might have a number of questions for your dentist in Georgetown about sealants. We’ve gathered the answers for you.

How effective are sealants?

Sealants have been demonstrated to reduce the risk of tooth decay in molars by almost 80%. This makes them almost an essential consideration for school-aged children. Children who don’t have sealants on their molars have triple the risk of developing cavities than children who’ve had the sealants applied.

How do sealants protect teeth?

When the naturally-occurring bacteria responsible for cavities are exposed to leftover food debris in the nooks and crannies of our teeth, they produce a type of acid that can result in the holes in our teeth. These holes are, of course, cavities. After the sealant has been applied to clean and healthy teeth, it will not allow food debris to get into the rough ridges of the teeth. Consider sealants to be a protective barrier for teeth.

Who is the ideal candidate for sealants?

While both children and adults can see benefits from having sealants applied to their molars, the earlier that they are applied, the better it’ll be. The first molars typically erupt at the age of 6, with the secondary molars coming in at around 12 years old. Sealing these molars as soon as they erupt can keep them free from cavities from the start. This can help save money and time, along with helping prevent the potential for tooth loss if the cavity grows unchecked.

When you meet with the best dentist in Georgetown KY, you’ll be able to determine whether you or your child are good candidates for sealants on healthy molars.

What is the process for applying sealants?

You’ll appreciate how quick and painless the process is to apply dental sealants. As a busy family, you’ll appreciate that we are a dentist open 7 days a week and that your appointment will typically last less than an hour.

First, your teeth will be prepped by cleaning and drying them thoroughly. Next, an acidic gel will then be applied to your teeth. This gel helps roughen the surface of your teeth, which will then ensure that the sealant is able to securely bond to your teeth. Your teeth will then be rinsed and dried. The sealant will be painted onto the enamel of your teeth, where it will almost instantly bond to the teeth and harden. Then, a curing light will then be used to speed up the hardening process.

Can sealants be applied to teeth with cavities?

Sealants should be applied to healthy molars that are free from cavities. If there are very early signs of decay, where a cavity has not yet begun to form, the sealant can be used in order to prevent any further damage to the tooth. Sealants are clear, so your Georgetown KY dentist will be able to keep an eye on the decay to ensure that the sealant is working to protect the tooth from deepening decay. 

Do sealants have any side-effects associated with them?

Dr. Fadi Farhart, a dentist in Sterling Heights, MI, states that there are no known side-effects from having sealants applied to your molars. Sealants are intended to protect the teeth.

How long will the sealant protection last?

Sealants can last for several years before you will need to have them reapplied at your routine visit to your dentist. While examining your teeth, our dentists will be able to check on the condition of the sealants. They can be reapplied as and when needed.

Will sealants be covered by insurance?

This will vary by insurance plan. Some plans will cover sealants for children. The best way to determine coverage is to call your dental insurance company to learn more about the type of coverage that you have.

Are you ready to schedule your next checkup? Whether you have a dental emergency, or you’re interested in finding out more about dental implants in Georgetown, you’ll find that we have the dental solutions you’re looking for. Schedule your appointment and let us help you keep smiling!