Dental Sealants – Dix Hills, NY

Invest in a Cavity-Free Smile

Your teeth are designed to last for a lifetime. The biggest threat to their longevity is tooth decay. Although it’s avoidable, 96% of people have had at least one cavity in Dix Hills by the time they are 65 years old. While anyone can develop tooth decay, children are especially prone to them because they don’t have the best brushing and flossing habits. Thankfully, you can give your child an added layer of protection against decay using dental sealants.

What is a Dental Sealant?

Model showing an image of a tooth without a cavity in Dix Hills.

A dental sealant is a simple yet effective preventive step to ward off tooth decay. A thin, plastic coating is painted on to cavity-prone surfaces of the teeth, like the premolars and molars. This creates a barrier to stop cavity-causing bacteria from attacking the grooves and depressions of the teeth. This protects vulnerable areas from decay by sealing out plaque and food particles.

Who Should Get Dental Sealants?

Model of a dental sealant on a molar.

Dental sealants in Dix Hills are generally recommended for children during the most susceptible years. Between the ages of 6 to 14, we recommend your child has them applied to their permanent molars and premolars. In some cases, we may even recommend applying them to the baby teeth.

Although they are often used for children, you’re never too old to benefit from the protection of dental sealants. Adults who are prone to cavities, have weakened enamel, or fillings in their molars can protect their teeth with sealants as well.

What Can I Expect During the Treatment?

Young boy smiling in a dental chair.

Applying dental sealants to the teeth is a quick and painless process that can be completed in a matter of minutes. After your teeth are cleaned, your dentist or hygienist will dry them and apply a weak acid solution to their surfaces. This is necessary to ensure a strong bond between your teeth and the sealant. Your teeth are rinsed and dried before the sealant is painted on to them. It will harden on its own; however, we may use a special dental light to quicken the process.

How Long Do Sealants Last?

Family holding images of their smiles.

Although sealants are thin, they are durable. In fact, some can last for 10 years or longer. We’ll check them at each preventive appointment to ensure they aren’t chipped or wearing away. If they are compromised, we can quickly replace them to continue protecting your family’s smiles from decay.

How Much Do Dental Sealants Cost?

There isn’t a set cost for dental sealants because the price is determined by several factors, like the number of teeth being treated. While every policy differs, many dental insurances will cover their cost for patients under the age of 18 because they are considered a preventive treatment. A member of our team will work on behalf with your insurance carrier to file the necessary forms to minimize any out-of-pocket expense.

If you’re ready to benefit from the protection of dental sealants, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.