What are dental sealants?
A dental sealant is a plastic coating used as a barrier between the deep grooves of the teeth and the cavity-causing bacteria that leads to decay.
Dental sealants are a flowable plastic-like material that hardens when cured. Sealants are generally applied to back chewing teeth (or any teeth) that are at a high risk of developing a cavity. Your back teeth (and some front teeth) will have normal development grooves and pits, which can be difficult to keep clean, especially in children whose brushing habits may be inconsistent.
In some patients, these grooves and pits can be deep, allowing bacteria to hide and cause a cavity. Studies have shown that teeth that are sealed were less likely to develop a cavity.
How are dental sealants applied?
Dental sealants are applied in the hygiene or dentist’s chair and are a noninvasive procedure. We simply paint on the sealant material and cure it with a special light that will harden the material.
How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants can last as long as 10 years. It is essential to come in for your routine dental cleanings and checkups so your hygienist and dentist can determine if the sealants should be reapplied to give your teeth the best protection against developing a cavity.
Does insurance cover the cost of dental sealants?
Every insurance policy is different. We can help you determine your benefits and out-of-pocket costs.