Benefits of Dental Sealants

dental sealantsMany people know that daily brushing and flossing can help prevent cavities, but did you know that dental sealants provide added protection against tooth decay?

Sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities on your back teeth, known as molars and premolars. Here are seven common questions we’re asked about dental sealants at Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. 

1. What is a Dental Sealant?

Dental sealants are a plastic material that dentists apply to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars in the back of your mouth.

Once a sealant is painted on the tooth, it bonds to the tooth and hardens. This protective sealant provides an extra barrier from cavities forming.

2. Why are Sealants Beneficial?

Brushing and flossing removes food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, but it’s difficult for your toothbrush bristles to reach the molars at the back of your mouth.

Plaque and cavities can easily form in the depressions and grooves on your molars. Once the plastic resin bonds to those teeth and hardens, it seals out food and plaque.

3. Does Sealants hurt when Applied?

No. The application of sealants is a painless process. Schedule an appointment with Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and we will help you through this process!

4. How long does it take to get a Sealant?

Sealant application requires only one office visit. After Dr. Marra cleans the sealed teeth, he paints a plastic material onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

The sealant bonds to the tooth enamel and hardens. Sealant treatment usually takes five to 45 minutes, depending upon the number of teeth being sealed.

Often dental sealants can be scheduled at the same time as a dental cleaning, but be sure to contact Huntersrville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry ahead of time so we can allot extra time for your dental visit.

5. How long do Dental Sealants last?

Under the force of normal chewing, sealants often last several years before reapplication is needed.

6. Who is a good Candidate for Sealants?

Decay can begin at a young age in the depressions and grooves of molars and premolars. Dr. Marra recommends that children get sealants after their molars come in, usually around ages 6-8.

However, teens and adults, especially those prone to cavities, also can reap the protective benefits of sealants.

7. Are Dental Sealants covered by Insurance?

Insurance benefits for dental sealants have increased over the years as sealants have become recognized as an important preventive care technique.

However, you will need to check with your insurance provider regarding specific coverage.

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