Dental sealant is a thin, resin coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth -- usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from teeth, they sometimes miss the nooks and crannies of the back teeth. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by "sealing out" plaque and food.
Applying sealant is a simple and painless process. It takes only a few minutes to apply the sealant to seal each tooth.
Sealants may be very helpful to children from 6-21years old when their back teeth are prone to decay. They must be checked at dental visits to be sure they are intact.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Sealants?
Many insurance companies cover the cost of sealants. Check with your dental insurance carrier to determine if sealants are covered under your plan.