Dental Sealants

Sealants can help anyone prevent tooth decay.


What are sealants?

Sealants are a protective varnish that is placed to protect the deep grooves in your back teeth. These grooves are hiding places that allow bacteria to accumulate and cause tooth decay. The sealant eliminates the hiding place and works to prevent cavities.

Dental sealants protect the
depressions and grooves of
your teeth from food particles
and plaque that brushing and
flossing can’t reach.

Why would I get sealants?

Sealants can prevent the kind of decay that starts in the deep grooves of back teeth, and if you keep your teeth adequately sealed, the risk for this kind of tooth decay will be eliminated. Adults are just as prone to tooth decay as children are, and this inexpensive procedure can help avoid much more expensive problems in the future.


What is the Process?

Sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier, and protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth.


Are sealants expensive?

Most insurance companies will reimburse for sealants placed on permanent molars in patients under the age of 14. Sealants are an inexpensive procedure that flex-spending accounts and health savings accounts (FSA and HSA) usually reimburse.

How long will sealants last?

Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.

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