There is no substitute for the cavity-fighting effectiveness of good oral hygiene – brushing twice a day after eating and flossing once a day. These habits should be instilled early in children, and continued throughout life. Our team at Eastland Dental Center in Bloomington, IL provides additional assistance in preventing tooth decay, including sealants.
Sealants – safe and effective
A dental sealant is a colorless resin composite applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of molars & pre-molars. It flows into tiny pits and crevices to keep food debris, bacteria, and plaque out. A sealant reduces the risk of cavities by up to 80 percent, and can even stop early-stage cavities from progressing to the point that fillings are needed. Ideally, a sealant is applied as soon as the tooth erupts. There are no known side effects of dental sealants, and the risk of allergy is rare.
Easy four-step procedure
Dental sealant treatment is painless (no anesthetic is needed). It takes only a few minutes and lasts several years.
- The tooth is cleaned and dried, then treated with a gel that roughens the surface slightly to promote a strong bond.
- After a few seconds, the gel is rinsed and the tooth is dried again.
- The hygienist brushes or drops liquid sealant onto the tooth, making sure it gets into the grooves.
- Sealant is hardened with a special light.
The cost of a single filling can easily exceed the expense of dental sealants, and some insurance plans cover treatment. Call our Bloomington, IL office at (309) 663-4711
to get you or your child started on a cavity protection plan.