Risk of tooth decay for children
About 40% of children have at least one decayed tooth by the time they reach 6 years old. Many factors can contribute to dental decay in children, including poor oral hygiene, a diet high in sugary or acidic foods and drinks, and not enough fluoride.
If left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and eventually tooth loss. Tooth decay is also one of the leading causes of absenteeism from school among young students due to persistent dental pain, along with trouble concentrating, eating, and sleeping.
To help prevent this, pit and fissure sealants are an effective way to reduce tooth decay in children by up to 80% for 2 years and continue to be effective for up to 4 years against 50% of cavities.
This simple, quick, and painless procedure can help to protect your child’s teeth and save you money in the long run.
Benefits of Fissure Sealants
For children, their smile is everything. But, as parents, we also know that keeping their teeth healthy is important for their overall health. Achieving this balance can be difficult, but dental fissure sealants are a great way to help.
Fissure sealants provide a number of benefits for children, including:
1. Help to prevent tooth decay in children
By filling in the grooves on your child’s teeth, fissure sealants help to prevent food from sticking in these areas and causing cavities. In other words, they protect the teeth from bacteria and plaque, which can cause potential tooth decay.
2. Quick and easy process that does not require anaesthesia
Your child will not need local anaesthesia for the fissure sealant procedure. The process is quick and easy, and your child can return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment.
3. Cost-effective way to protect your child’s teeth
Fissure sealants are a cost-effective way to protect your child’s teeth. They can last for several years, and they are much less expensive than other dental treatments, such as fillings or worse, tooth extractions.
4. Help to keep the child's smile healthy and beautiful
Their smile is one of the first things people notice about your child. Fissure sealants can help to keep their teeth healthy and beautiful, giving them the confidence to smile brightly.
5. Safe and non-invasive
Fissure sealants are made from a safe, non-toxic material that is FDA-approved. They are also a non-invasive procedure, meaning that there is usually no drilling or removal of tooth structure.
What affects the price of fissure sealants?
The price of fissure sealants can be affected by several factors, including the type of sealant used, the size of the treatment area, and the geographical location.
1. Type of sealant used
The type of sealant used is typically the biggest factor in determining price, with cheaper options available for temporary treatment and more expensive options designed for long-term use.
2. Size of the treatment area
The size of the treatment area is also a significant factor, as larger areas will require more sealant and take longer to treat.
3. Geographical location
Finally, geographical location can play a role in price, as costs can vary depending on the region where the treatment is taking place.
By taking all of these factors into account, patients can get an accurate estimate of what their fissure sealant treatment will cost. In addition, directly comparing prices from multiple providers is a good way to ensure you are getting the best possible value for your money.
What is a fissure sealant used for?
A fissure sealant is a dental material used to fill in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. It can also be used to seal the tiny pits and crevices on all tooth surfaces. Sealants are designed to protect teeth from bacteria and acid that can cause cavities.
How much do fissure sealants cost?
If you don't have insurance, fissure sealants cost around $30 to $40 per tooth.
How long do fissure sealants last?
Although they deteriorate with time, fissure sealants are affordable and simple to apply. Sealants can last up to 6 years before replacement is required. Cavities frequently form in areas that are difficult to reach with daily brushing and flossing so regular check-ups are essential to ensure the sealants are still effective.
Which teeth are most commonly fissure sealed?
The most commonly fissure-sealed teeth are the back molars, which are located in the back of the mouth. This is because they are the most common locations for cavities to form.
Are fissure sealants necessary?
Aside from brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, using floss, and eating a balanced diet, fissure sealants are one of the best ways to prevent cavities.
Although they can be a very effective way to protect teeth from cavities and other dental problems, fissure sealants are not necessary for every person. We recommend consulting with your dentist to see if fissure sealants are right for you.
Is a fissure sealant a filling?
Yes, a fissure sealant is a dental filling material used to fill in the grooves on the chewing teeth.
How do fissure sealants work?
Fissure sealants applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth act as a protective layer, preventing bacteria and acid from getting into the tiny pits and crevices. This creates a smooth, protective tooth surface that is less likely to trap food and bacteria and is easier to clean. Fissure sealants are an effective way to help limit future decay, and can last for several years with proper care.
Who needs fissure sealant?
Usually, children who have their first molar teeth come in around the age of six need fissure sealant. However, fissure sealant can also be used on adult teeth that have deep grooves or pits or are at high risk of developing dental decay.
When do you apply fissure sealant?
Dental fissure sealants are usually applied to children's teeth as soon as the first permanent teeth start coming in, which is typically between 6 and 7 years old. The remaining dental sealants are generally applied once they appear, which can be any time between 11 and 14 years of age.
How do you apply fissure sealant?
Your dentist will first clean and dry the tooth being worked on, as well as any surrounding teeth. Then, they'll prepare the tooth surface so that the sealant bonds properly. Next, they will flow liquid sealant into any deep grooves or pits in the tooth before hardening it with a strong light. Finally, your dentist will check your bite and remove any excess sealant.