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Sealants For Teeth

One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay is with Front Row’s specialized protective sealants, which can seal out harmful plaque and tartar-causing bacteria.

How Do Dental Sealants Work?

  • Sealants help prevent decay in molars.  
  • Are thin, tooth-colored material painted into the grooves of the back teeth, where most decay begins. 
  • They act as protective shield that act as a great method of prevention by sealing out bacteria that cause decay, safeguarding hard-to-reach back teeth.

What are sealants made of, and how long do they last?

Q&A with Dr. Milo from Front Row Pediatric Dentistry. 

female dentist taking care of a girl patient

What is the Process?

Sealants are applied to teeth in various ways, but the most common is a dental adhesive. Adhesive sealants are placed on the chewing surfaces of teeth and adhere to the chewing surfaces and the dentin. First, the sealant is put on the tooth’s surface, and then and the adhesive sticks to the tooth. Next, the sealant is placed on top of the tooth and a piece dental plastic is put over it.

How Long Do Tooth Sealants Last?

Sealants last anywhere from 2 to 10 years but typically need to be replaced after five years. Because of this, many things can affect how long a sealant will last. The type of sealant that is used, how well it was placed, how well it was cared for, and how often the tooth was exposed to sugar all affect how long a sealant will last. Ultimately, the best way to ensure that your sealant lasts as long as possible is to see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.

Dr. Milton of Front Row Pediatrics with patient in the office

Common Questions

Sealant FAQs

Some people worry about the safety of sealants, but when handled correctly by a pediatric dentist, there is little evidence of issues. Most studies suggest that dental sealants are safe and effective.

$40/tooth depending on the tooth.

*If you have insurance it reduces the fee.

Sealants can eliminate the need for expensive treatments like fillings and even crowns by acting as a sealed barrier to the bacteria that cause decay in the grooves and fissures of the teeth. A CDC report stated that "dental sealants prevent 80% of cavities for 2 years after application. They continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years."

Sealants are best recommended by a dentist.  Schedule an appointment if you would like to learn more about sealants and how they can help your child avoid cavities.

Absolutely. Sealants are a protective shield that acts as an excellent prevention method by sealing out bacteria that cause decay, safeguarding hard-to-reach back teeth.

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