Sealants in Gaithersburg, MD
Dental sealants play a huge role in preventing the formation of decay on the biting surfaces of the chewing teeth. Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of the teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach. At Lakeside Dental, we offer sealants as a prevention tool against childhood tooth decay.
Getting your child to brush their teeth can often feel overwhelming. Getting them to brush well enough to prevent childhood tooth decay and future damage can be just as frustrating. For children who find it hard to brush the deep grooves and depressions of their teeth each day, the professionals at Lakeside Dental are happy to offer dental sealants.
Dental sealants are thin, acrylic coatings that cover the deeper grooves on the chewing surface of the teeth. Because these grooves are prone to plaque buildup and eventual tooth decay, keeping these surfaces clean by way of a dental sealant allows children to have a little extra protection in addition to brushing and flossing daily.
Advantages of Dental Seal
- Prevents plaque buildup in the deep depressions of the molars.
- Protects the teeth from tooth decay and cavities.
- It is not visible and blends in with the natural color of the tooth.
- It lasts years for protection through childhood.
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How Are Dental Sealants Placed?
Before a dental sealant is placed, the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned with a gentle rotating brush and toothpaste. The tooth will then be rinsed and dried in preparation for the sealant to be applied. Applying a dental sealant is a simple procedure that many children tolerate well. A tooth-colored acrylic coating will be painted onto the chewing surface of the tooth. This coating effectively “seals” the deep grooves of the tooth, making it smoother and less likely to trap food and plaque. The sealant is then cured and hardened with a specialized light. The entire application process typically takes less than an hour to complete.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost of My Child’s Sealant?
The cost of your child’s dental sealant will depend on your dental insurance coverage and the extent of treatment recommended to help you achieve your desired results. The best way to find out how much coverage will be provided for your child’s sealant is to contact your insurance provider and request more information.