About Dental Sealants
Since toothbrushes can't always get every nook and cranny, especially in the back of the mouth, dental sealants are an easy and effective way to increase your protection against bacteria and cavities. Made with a thin, flexible plastic material, sealants are applied to the occlusal (chewing) surface of the back teeth, from the molars to premolars. Once in place, the sealants seal out plaque, tartar, food particles, and bacteria. While you won't be able to see or feel your new sealants, your teeth will be cleaner and safer from tooth decay, cavities, and other oral health concerns, which will can mean better results at your next dental exam.
What to Expect
Getting sealants is a fast, easy process that can usually be done without any anesthesia or sedation. Before the sealants are applied, the patient's teeth will be cleaned and polished to prevent plaque, tartar, and bacteria from being sealed into the tooth. Next, the tooth will be gently etched where the sealant will be placed, then rinsed, and dried. Once the tooth is prepped, clean, and dry, the dentist will brush on the dental sealant and use a special light for about 30 second to set the sealant. After all the sealant has been applied and cured, the dentist will check the sealant to ensure the patient has full coverage and the sealant is hardened.
With proper care, including good home oral care and regular check ups at the dentist, sealants can last up to 10 years. The dentist will check the integrity and wear of the sealants at every dental exam and let the patient know when it is time for the sealants to be re-applied. Patients should continue to brush their teeth at least twice a day, as well as protecting the sealants by avoiding stress on the teeth (grinding the teeth, using the teeth to open packages, etc.) While sealants are best for young children and teenagers, some adults may continue to get sealants if they are prone to cavities.
Insurance companies usually cover the cost of dental sealants for children and teenagers, but some cover adults as well. Our front office will contact your insurance company to get the details of your coverage. If your insurance does not cover your sealants, our office does have payment plans and the cost of sealants is generally less than a filling or other repair.
Plan Your Procedure
Children, teenagers, and adults can all benefit from the protection of dental sealants on their back teeth with a fast, easy procedure. To avoid cavities and tooth decay, dental sealants can be a great option for patients who want better dental exams. Although they can't be seen or felt, dental sealants combined with home oral care can give you a better, healthier smile.