Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth. Sealant is usually applied to the premolars and molars to prevent tooth decay. The sealant is a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Can Adults Get Sealants?
While sealants are typically applied to the teeth in children and teens (to protect through the highest cavity years of 6-14), however, adults without decay or filling in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
How are Sealants Applied?
Sealants are applied in a simple, fast and painless process by your hygienist. The application takes just minutes, and will last up to 10 years. Your teeth will be cleaned, and the sealant will be applied with a small brush, and then the hygienist will use a light to dry and cure the sealant.
Will Dental Insurance
Cover the Cost of Sealants?
Most dental insurance will cover the cost of sealants for children under 18, but will not cover the cost for adults. However, sealants cost significantly less than the cost of fillings—in terms of pain and money.
Dental sealants are not for everyone, however in certain circumstances, they are a very good option. Adults with mobility issues that restrict brushing, or those prone to cavities can especially benefit from the simple, painless, and quick process of dental sealants.
Let us know if you have questions about sealants for you or your children. We are always happy to provide a consultation during your next appointment. Schedule today!