FAQ You Need to Know About Dental Sealants for Your Child

FAQ You Need to Know About Dental Sealants for Your Child
July 17, 2019

Your child’s health is your number one priority. And there’s success as an adult comes in a close second. So, you may be wondering what you can do now to accomplish both. The answer is dental sealants. Keep reading to hear some of the most commonly asked questions about this affordable treatment.

How long does the procedure take to apply a sealant? The procedure can be done in a few minutes. It’s most often performed during a routine dental exam or during another treatment process, but it can be performed as a standalone procedure as well.

How long do sealants last? The answer to that question depends on a certain number of variables for each patient, but in general, the sealants will last for several years – or even decades! How’s that for a long-term dental solution?

Which parts of the teeth are sealed? The best way to offer maximum protection for your child’s teeth is to apply the sealant on the chewing surface of teeth since they are the most vulnerable areas to decay.

Does this mean my child won’t have to worry about flossing? No, your child will still need to practice this important step of oral hygiene since sealants do not penetrate into the areas between the teeth.

Which teeth get sealants? Sealants are most often used on the molars. However, in many instances South Simcoe Dental Care recommends the application to all teeth that have grooves – which include your child’s front teeth, back teeth, primary teeth, and secondary teeth.

Does my child have to be numbed to receive sealant treatment? Because the treatment process is quick and pain-free, your child will not have to receive any form of sedation. In fact, your child will most likely view the process as having something fun painted on their teeth!

Does insurance cover sealants? Every insurance plan is different, so that’s a difficult question to answer without knowing specifics. You can contact your insurance company plan administrator for more information.

I’d like to learn more…what’s next? If you’d like to learn more about how sealants from your South Simcoe Dental Care dentist can provide protection to your child’s growing teeth, call and schedule an appointment in our office to speak with a member of our dental care team.