A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the surface of molars. This coating is painted over the chewing surface of the molars to prevent decay. Once applied, a dental sealant hardens to form a shield over the tooth. It is often referred to as the "tooth armor" for the teeth.
What are the benefits of dental sealants?
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The coating primarily contains resin and bonds to the teeth using composite bonding. Sealants are best applied soon after the permanent teeth have erupted. Baby teeth should be sealed, too, as they provide important spacing for the permanent teeth.
Sealants protect the teeth from decay as they are placed over the deep crevices of the teeth where most cavities are likely to occur. While sealants are not a substitute for brushing and flossing, they can help to prevent cavities from developing and can reduce your risk of dental decay by up to 90 percent.
How is a dental sealant applied?
A dental sealant is applied to the chewing surface of the tooth. The sealant is painted on as a liquid, and then it hardens when exposed to a special light. This procedure can be completed in one visit, but sealants are often applied during routine dental appointments.
Is dental sealant treatment safe?
Yes, dental sealants are safe. They are made of a resin material that is completely safe for teeth. Your dentist will clean your tooth before applying the sealant. After application, you should continue to visit your dentist for regular dental checkups.
How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants typically last up to 10 years. Sealants can't be re-applied, but your teeth will be checked for wear and chipping during your regular visits.
Are dental sealants covered by insurance?
Dental sealants are preventive treatments and are usually not covered by dental insurance. However, some dental plans may offer a discount for dental sealants.
Dental sealants act as a barrier against food, bacteria, and acid from damaging the enamel of your child's teeth. They can last for a long time.
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