Lexington Prosthodontics provides sealants in Burlington, MA.
Call (781) 222-3359 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Although regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene habits are the best ways to prevent tooth decay, there are some circumstances in which we may recommend dental sealants.
Dental sealants are most commonly recommended for children because they don’t have the dexterity or patience to brush as thoroughly as they should. They may also be recommended for adult patients with teeth that naturally have more pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces, putting them at higher risk for tooth decay.
Dental sealants are a clear coating that is painted onto the
chewing surfaces of the teeth to seal them from cavity-causing
bacteria and food particles. Dental sealants have been shown to
reduce the risk of tooth decay by 80 percent in molars, making
them one of the most effective tools we have to prevent childhood
cavities. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that
children without dental sealants have three times more cavities
than children who do have them.
Applying dental sealants is quick and painless. Your tooth is cleaned and dried, then prepared with an acidic gel that allows the sealant to bond to the tooth surface. The gel is rinsed off, then the sealant is painted on and hardened with a curing light. Over time, sealants may wear off, so during your comprehensive oral evaluations, we’ll check to make sure they’re still intact and reapply if needed.
Most sealants last for several years before needing to be reapplied. According to the CDC, dental sealants protect against 80 percent of cavities for 2 years and up to 50 percent of cavities for 4 years.
Yes, dental sealants are absolutely worth it. They are both affordable and effective, and they can work to prevent cavities for years.
Dental sealants are usually used for children’s teeth, but adults who have a history of tooth decay can benefit as well.
No, sealants don’t damage teeth; instead, they protect them.
Yes, dental sealants are usually covered by dental insurance, for children up to a certain age, depending upon your specific carrier. They are considered preventive care.
Dental sealants are a good idea for all children—they’re safe,
effective, and easier for kids to tolerate than having a cavity
Call (781) 222-3359 to schedule your appointment.