Dental sealants are now considered a part of general dental care for children and are often recommended for larger teeth or molars that have multiple cusps. They are also appropriate for adults, especially for those who are cavity-prone. Drs. Sinclair and Reichley place dental sealants at Coastal General Dentistry to help our patients avoid tooth decay.
The Dental Sealant Process
A dental sealant is a simple, painless process completed in a single visit. Patients can lay back and relax while our dental care team gently applies the sealant resin material to their teeth. Once applied, we will harden the material with a handheld LED curing light. This allows it to create a permanent seal around the tooth cusps. We might ask that you avoid hard or sticky foods for a while after the sealants are applied to be sure they are cured and stable. That’s it!
Dental sealants will significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay in the treated teeth. The larger teeth in the back of the mouth are the hardest to clean because of their multiple cusps, tiny bumps or ridges on the top of the tooth. They are also the teeth we use to chew our food and the most likely to have food particles trapped on or around them, which can lead to decay. The quick and simple sealant process supports optimal dental health for growing smiles, but can also be helpful for adults too.
Are dental sealants covered by dental insurance?
Most dental insurance plans will cover most or all of the cost of placing dental sealants. Our front desk can help you determine your coverage and any portion of the cost that you might owe.
How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants will last for up to 10 years, depending on the oral hygiene and lifestyle habits of the individual patient. We will check the condition of the sealants during routine dental exams and recommend replacement if necessary.