Questions about sealants for children
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars. They act as a protective shield, preventing food particles and bacteria from getting stuck in the tiny grooves and crevices of your child’s teeth, helping to prevent cavities.
At what age should my child get dental sealants?
We usually recommend sealants for children as soon as their first permanent molars come in, typically around the age of 6. A second set of sealants is often recommended when the second set of permanent molars comes in, usually around age 12. However, each child’s needs are unique, so it’s best to consult with one of our experienced dentists for personalized recommendations.
How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants can last for several years under normal chewing conditions. However, they do need to be checked regularly for wear and tear during your child’s routine dental check-ups. If necessary, we can easily reapply sealants to continue providing effective cavity protection.
Are sealants safe for my child?
Absolutely! Dental sealants are a safe and non-invasive treatment for cavity prevention. At Dentistry for Children of West Essex, we always prioritize your child’s safety and comfort. Plus, applying sealants is a quick and painless process that doesn’t require drilling or anesthesia.
Can sealants be applied over existing cavities?
Sealants are most effective when applied to cavity-free teeth. However, in some cases, they can be applied over small areas of early decay to prevent further damage. Our specialized team will carefully assess your child’s dental health to determine the best course of action!
Caring for your child’s present and future smile
When it comes to preventive dentistry, we make the experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible for your little ones. We use fun, kid-friendly language to explain what we’re doing, turning treatments like applying sealants into an adventure!
Our experienced dentists provide you with invaluable tips and recommendations to maintain your child’s oral health for the long run. Our aim? To set the stage for a lifetime of lovely smiles and positive dental experiences.
Is my insurance going to cover sealants?
Sealants are generally included in most dental insurance plans. Want to learn if they’re included in your plan? Our team is here to assist you in gathering all the details you need, giving you a transparent estimate of potential costs. For your convenience, we offer multiple payment methods including CareCredit, credit cards, checks, and good ol’ cash.