Prevent Cavities With Dental Sealants

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What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a thin, resin coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth (molars) that are harder to clean. These teeth are particularly susceptible to decay because they have deep, narrow grooves and pits that can be difficult to clean with brushing alone. Sealants act as a barrier, blocking out germs and food particles and making teeth easier to clean. 

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When are Sealants Recommended?

Sealants are typically recommended for children and teenagers as soon as their permanent molars or premolars come in. This usually happens between the ages of 6 and 14. However, adults can also benefit from sealants if they are at high risk for cavities.

The Sealant Process: What to Expect

Getting dental sealants is a quick and painless process. First, we’ll clean and dry off your tooth. Then a special gel is applied to roughen the enamel so that the sealant adheres properly. Next, we’ll rinse the tooth and dry it again, then apply the sealant. Sometimes a light is used to cure the material in place. You might feel a little thickness in that area for a few days, but it’s only temporary.

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Are Sealants Covered by Insurance?

Most major dental insurance plans cover 100% of the cost of dental sealants, especially for children. However, it’s important to check with your insurance provider to see what your plan covers. The modest cost even without insurance is a smart investment when it comes to preventing cavities.

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