What are sealants made of?
Dental sealants are made of the same materials that dentists use in composite fillings, usually a type of plastic. They’re applied as thin liquids to freshly cleaned teeth using a small brush. They may then be dried and hardened using a blue light.
The purpose of sealants is to help seal and protect teeth against decay, which is why they’re particularly useful for young children. While sealants are no substitute for an active oral health care regimen that includes frequent brushing, flossing, and rinsing, they do add a second line of defense for children who are still in the early stages of forming healthy habits.
While sealants are often offered to pediatric patients, people of all ages may benefit from them. To be a good candidate for sealants, however, your teeth must be free from decay and cavities; otherwise, the sealants would lock bacteria beneath them, causing damage down the road.
Is the application process painful?
The application of dental sealants is completely painless. Teeth are cleaned and then etched using a gel to help the sealant adhere to the surface of the tooth, a liquid sealant is then applied, and blue light is used to harden the material. This procedure only takes minutes to perform and is done in-office on the day of your cleaning.
The application of sealants is a simple and useful process that even children won’t dread, but its benefits are marvelous. Even if children occasionally neglect their at-home oral care routine, sealants will help stave off damaging tooth decay by providing an effective barrier between food bacteria and teeth.
Are sealants usually covered by insurance?
Sealants are considered preventive dental medicine, and as such, are typically covered by most insurance carriers. They’re considered a substantial investment in your child’s oral health and are a highly effective method for reducing or eliminating childhood cavities.
For more information, contact your insurance representative to inquire about your coverage concerning the application of dental sealants, then visit Dr. Robert C. Dost & Associates for a pain-free cleaning and implementation process.