Dental Sealants

A dental sealant is a thin coating of a plastic that’s applied to teeth, particularly the chewing surfaces. The coating is usually plastic and made to flow into the fissures of the molars and premolars, where it will harden into a solid protective surface. These fissures are tiny, deep grooves unique to the premolars and molars. Fissures make molars particularly vulnerable to cavities. Dental sealant functions as a shield that keeps food particles and bacteria out of the fissures.

Who Can Get Sealants?

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. Its important children keep their baby teeth as long as they can, and sealants are a great way to help.

How are Sealants Applied?

Placing sealant is painless and non-invasive. No drills, no shots!

  • Each tooth to be sealed is cleaned and disinfected.
  • The target teeth are dried.
  • A solution of acid is applied on the occlusal (chewing) surfaces of the teeth to give them the right texture to absorb the sealant.
  • The solution is rinsed off, and the tooth is again dried.
  • The plastic sealant is painted onto each targeted tooth. Thanks to the etching from step 3, the sealant bonds and hardens immediately.

How Long Do Sealants Last?

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.

Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Sealants?

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 growing young teeth.

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