Dental sealants are protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth, typically the premolars and molars. The sealants provide a protective barrier for enamel-eroding acids and harmful bacteria that can cause decay, and they also can help reduce tooth sensitivity.
Even though the surfaces of teeth may appear smooth and undamaged, tiny fissures or openings in the surfaces of your teeth can allow bacteria to enter the tooth structure. Once inside your tooth, bacteria eats away at the tooth material and causes cavities or deeper damage in the pulp portion of the tooth. Sealants coat these areas to keep bacteria out so you can prevent cavities and enjoy better oral health.
Before they’re applied, dental sealants are in liquid form. That means you don’t need impressions or a complex fitting process during application. Your dentist applies the sealant compound to each tooth and then uses a special light to harden the material on your teeth. Most sealants are made of very durable plastic that’s completely clear so it won’t affect the appearance of your teeth.
Usually, your dentist uses sealants only on the chewing surfaces of the premolars and molars, those teeth with larger chewing surfaces that are more prone to surface cracks that can lead to cavities. Your front teeth lack flat chewing surfaces, so they’re less likely to have areas where bacteria can collect.
No. While sealants are widely used in pediatric dentistry to protect teeth from cavities, dentists also use them for adults and teens to provide that extra barrier against decay-causing bacteria.
It varies from one patient to the next and may depend on the type of sealant your dentist uses, but sealants can last up to 10 years. Regular checkups are important for lasting results, however. During your visits, the Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry team evaluates your sealants and reapplies them as needed to ensure you benefit from ongoing protection against decay.
Yes, dental sealants are made of materials that are completely safe for you and for your kids.
No, once they’re applied and they’ve hardened, you can brush, floss, and eat normally.
At Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, we accept all PPO insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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