A dental sealant is a thin coating of plastic that’s applied to teeth, particularly the chewing surfaces. This plastic coating is made to flow into the fissures of the molars and premolars, where it will harden into a solid protective surface. Fissures are tiny, deep grooves unique to the premolars and molars that make them particularly vulnerable to cavities. Dental sealant functions as a shield that keeps food particles and bacteria out of the fissures.
Teenagers and children are the best candidates for sealants. Adults who don’t have decay or pre-existing fillings in their molars can also be fitted with sealants. If a child’s baby teeth are heavily grooved or pitted, sealants are also appropriate. It’s important that children keep their baby teeth as long as they can, and sealants are a great way to help.
Placing sealant is painless and non-invasive. No drills, no shots!
Sealants last for around 10 years, but it’s important to visit Dental Wellness of Suffern at least twice yearly to make sure there’s no chipping. If there’s chipping or wearing, your dentist can replace the affected areas.
Most insurance companies cover the cost of sealants, but only for patients under 18. It’s a good idea to check with your dental insurance carrier directly to make sure that sealants are covered under your plan.
If you’ve got kids, dental sealants from Dental Wellness of Suffern are a great way to keep cavities away from their young teeth.