Dental Sealants in North Miami Beach, FL
A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.
Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.
Reasons for sealants:
- Children and teenagers – As soon as the six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear or any time throughout the cavity prone years of 6-16.
- Adults – Tooth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions.
- Baby teeth – Occasionally done if teeth have deep grooves or depressions and child is cavity prone.
What do sealants involve?
Sealants are easily applied by your dentist or dental hygienist and the process takes only a couple of minutes per tooth.
The teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and then surrounded with cotton to keep the area dry. A special solution is applied to the enamel surface to help the sealant bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried. Sealant material is carefully painted onto the enamel surface to cover the deep grooves or depressions. Depending on the type of sealant used, the material will either harden automatically or with a special curing light.
Proper home care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new sealants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do dental sealants hurt?
Getting a dental sealant is easy and doesn’t hurt at all. Our expert team will make sure that you’re comfortable throughout your procedure and also answer any questions you may have. During your treatment, one of our dentists will clean your teeth and place a gel on the surface for a few seconds to prepare it for the sealant. After the sealant is placed, our staff will shine a light on your tooth to harden it and form a protective shield.
When is the best time to get a dental sealant?
The best time to get a dental sealant for your tooth is as soon as possible. If not treated, you’re putting your smile at risk for further dental complications including tooth decay, toothaches, and bacterial infection. Sealants at Dr. Abbo Advanced Dentistry can act as your preventative measure to counter teeth from decaying while also lowering the risk of further issues.
How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants can last up to 10 years or more with proper oral hygiene maintenance. In order to ensure longevity of your sealants, Dr. Abbo recommends:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Scheduling biannual visits at our North Miami Beach practice to ensure that your sealants are still intact.
If your sealants break, schedule an appointment as soon as possible to get it fixed. Replacing sealants is an easy procedure that can be done by any of our expert dentists.
Does insurance cover dental sealants?
Most insurance policies do cover dental sealants, however, we recommend speaking to your provider to get further confirmation about your coverage. During your initial consultation, our office will be able to give you an accurate estimate as to how much the procedure will cost. We’re also more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your insurance.