Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings that are placed over the deep pits and grooves of your molars. By sealing off these deep crevices, it makes it easier to keep your teeth clean and also blocks out acids and bacteria that cause tooth decay.
- Take only a few minutes to apply
- Are typically covered by insurance on children
- Are an affordable option for adults
- Come in clear or white colored material
- Don’t require anesthesia
- Can be placed by your dentist or hygienist
Reduces Your Cost of Dental Care
Since most insurance companies cover dental sealants (and they’re an affordable option even if coverage isn’t available), placing them on your teeth is an excellent way to prevent cavities and the amount of money spent on dental work in the future.
Sealants are typically recommended for the permanent molars, which usually erupt around the ages of 6 and 12. The tooth is gently etched with a conditioning gel, rinsed, dried, and then the sealant material is brushed into place. A bright clinical light then causes the sealant to harden. The entire procedure takes just a few minutes!
Choosing to seal the grooves of your molars is one of the best investments you can make in your smile. The cost of a sealant (if not covered by insurance) is usually less than the cost of a co-pay for a filling, and they can last for several years!
Ask us who in your family is a candidate for sealants, and have them placed during your next preventive care visit.