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Dental Sealants 101

Dental Assistant is cleaning patients teeth.

Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, to prevent tooth decay. Sealants are easily applied and are painless. 

How Are Sealants Applied?

First, the tooth is cleaned, then the tooth is dried and cotton is placed to keep the tooth dry. A gel is put on the tooth to make the surface rough so it will help the sealant stick to the tooth. The tooth is then rinsed and dried again. The sealant is applied through a liquid form and will harden in a few seconds. A special light is then applied to help dry the sealant to a hardened form.

Who Should Get Sealants?

Due to the chances of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars, children and teenagers are candidates for sealants. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.

To help prevent cavities, children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. The sealants can then protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14.

How Long do Sealants Last?

Sealants can last up to ten years however visiting the dentist regularly can ensure that they haven't chipped or worn away. Dr. Higgs and Dr. Browning can repair sealants easily by adding more sealant material. 

Are Sealants Covered by Insurance?

Many insurance companies cover the cost of sealants for patients younger than 18. Call your dental insurance company to find out what kind of coverage you have in order to know for sure if sealants are covered. 

Learn more about Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a great way to prevent tooth decay. To learn more about sealants and how they can help you enjoy a beautiful, cavity-free smile, book an appointment online today.

 

 

 

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