A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars. The sealant bonds into the grooves of the tooth, creating a protective layer over the enamel. Dental sealants are most commonly used on children’s teeth, but adults can also benefit from them. The sealants can protect the teeth from bacteria and acids that are found in plaque and saliva, which can contribute to tooth decay.
Sealants can be applied by a dentist or hygienist. The teeth are cleaned and conditioned, and a special gel is applied to the teeth so the sealant will adhere to them. The teeth are then rinsed and dried, and the sealant is painted on the teeth. A special light hardens the sealant, and the process is repeated if more than one tooth is being sealed.
Benefits of sealants
Sealants prevent cavities by filling in the tiny grooves and pits in a tooth’s chewing surface. They are made of plastic and are see-through, so they blend in and are virtually invisible. Also, they offer a long lifespan and are highly durable, making them perfect for the chewing surfaces of premolars and molars.
Sealants vs. Fluoride
Fluoride and sealants both help protect against tooth decay. The difference is that sealants are a thin plastic coating that is applied on the chewing surface of the back teeth. This coating is then hardened by ultraviolet light. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in small amounts in water and soil. Fluoride can also be added to toothpaste, gels, and solutions.
Are sealants covered by insurance?
Yes, most dental insurance plans cover the cost of sealants. Some plans only cover sealants for children age six and under, while others will cover
sealants for both children and adults. Check with your insurance provider to determine coverage. In some cases, a patient will have to pay a deductible or copayment for sealants.
How effective are sealants?
Dental sealants are the application of a thin, plastic coating to the teeth. The coating is painted onto the teeth, usually in liquid form, and hardens over several minutes. Sealants are most often used on the teeth in the back of the mouth, but other teeth can benefit from sealants, as well.
The sealants act as a barrier against food particles and bacteria. The plastic coating is bonded to the tooth’s enamel, and it creates a smooth surface that effectively blocks bacteria and food particles from adhering to the tooth.
Caring for sealants
Sealants can last for years, but they are not permanent. The sealant can be damaged or worn away by brushing or chewing, allowing plaque and bacteria to enter the deep grooves of the teeth. That’s why it is important to have sealants checked regularly to ensure they’re working properly.
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