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Everything you need to know about Dental Sealants

One of the most important procedures that exists for children is called Dental Sealants also known as Pit and Fissure Sealants. This is a preventative procedure that provides a protective layer or coating over the Pits and Fissures on a child's tooth that will prevent the onset of decay and cavities. Sealants are often a covered service from insurances up to a certain age and when not covered, they are a very inexpensive yet extremely effective tool in the fight against tooth decay. The best part about sealants is that they are 100% pain free!


What to expect during the procedure

As mentioned above, Dental Sealants are completely painless. They are usually placed for children under the age of 18 but recommended for everyone under the age of 25. The dental sealants are carefully applied to the surfaces of molar and pre-molar teeth (Posterior teeth) once a cleaning has been completed. Once the Sealants are applied, the Dentist or Dental Assistant will then cure or harden the Sealants by applying a Curing light to them for 15-20 seconds. This light will interact with the chemicals inside of the Sealant material and will allow the Sealants to harden over the surfaces of the tooth as seen above. The entire sealant procedure usually takes 10-15 minutes from prep to finish for all pre-molar and molar teeth. If less teeth are receiving Sealants, the procedure will take even less time.