Top 10 Dental Sealant Questions Answered
1. What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are a liquid plastic material that is placed in the grooves of your teeth and then hardened with a light.
2. Why would I want dental sealants?
Dental sealants may prevent tooth decay by up to 80%. That sounds like a no-brainer to me!
3. Which teeth do dental sealants go on?
Generally, it’s your pre-molars and molars that these are applied to, as they are most susceptible to decay in the unreachable crevices.
4. Who are dental sealants for?
Not just kids. Anyone who can get tooth decay…. so uh, everyone? They don’t do any good if your teeth are already decayed, but they do a great job for protecting healthy teeth!
5. How do dental sealants help?
They seal the grooves in your teeth where brushing can’t reach, but bacteria, plaque and food particles sure can!
6. How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants usually last around 10 years. They can be re-applied once they’ve worn down. The best way to monitor this is to make sure you are going to your regularly scheduled dental visits!
7. How much do dental sealants cost?
For someone with no dental insurance, dental sealants usually range anywhere from $45 to $60 per tooth depending on where you live. Keep your eye out, frequently Station Dental will have a special offer for dental sealants.
8. Who applies dental sealants?
Sometimes it is the Dental Assistant who will apply these, but typically it is your Dental Hygienist.
9. How long does it take to get dental sealants?
It usually only takes a couple minutes per tooth with some time for setup at the beginning. For a full mouth, you may want to plan on 30 minutes.
10. Does the dental sealant procedure hurt?
Not at all. Dental sealants only require a little cleaning and drying of the teeth. And you’re doing preventative work, reducing your chances of needing the drill in the future!
Are you interested in getting dental sealants and protecting your beautiful teeth? Schedule a dental appointment today, or give us a call!