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Woman smiling in dental exam roomWhat Are Sealants?

You might have heard about dental sealants, but may not fully understand what they’re for or who might benefit the most from them. We’re excited to offer dental sealants at Anthony Dental, especially with the positive results so many people have experienced with dental sealants.

Dental sealants act as a thin, protective barrier between your teeth and the kinds of bacteria that cause tooth decay and cavities. This protection is simple to apply and, when properly cared for, can last for years. The clear layer is hardly noticeable and will still allow us to keep an eye on the health of your teeth. Even if you already have some decay on your teeth, sealants can still be useful in preventing further decay.

How Do Sealants Help?

Sealants help protect your teeth, especially those with lots of ridges that could be more susceptible to decay, like your molars. They have also been shown to help stop minor existing decay from worsening into more serious issues.

With dental sealants, you should still expect to care for your teeth as normal. Sealants will not affect your normal dental hygiene habits, so keep on brushing at least twice a day and flossing regularly, as you always do. Sealants are simply an added layer of protection against decay — not an alternative to properly caring for your teeth.

Are Sealants Right for You?

Most dental experts agree that sealants are most beneficial the younger you are. That’s why we recommend that children receive dental sealants as soon as their molars grow in. Protecting those new teeth from possible cavities by using sealants can save money from future fillings.

However, if you are an adult who has never received sealants before, there are still many reasons why you should consider getting them. Even if you have had fillings on your molars, sealants can protect against further damage from decay. You can still experience the benefits of an added layer of protection against cavities, saving yourself from more expensive treatments in the future.

What Is the Process of Getting Sealants Like?

From start to finish, the process of getting sealants takes just a simple visit to the office. It is a painless treatment that will be over before you know it.

When you’re at your appointment to get dental sealants, we will clean and dry your teeth that will be receiving sealants before applying a gel on them. The gel makes the surface of your teeth rougher to ensure a strong bond with the sealant. We will rinse the gel off and dry your tooth again, then apply the sealant. The sealant bonds to your tooth with the use of a special blue light, which hardens it and forms the protective barrier.

In general, there are no side effects that people experience once they receive dental sealants.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Sealants?

In short, yes — many insurance carriers offer coverage for you and your family to receive dental sealants. Though every plan is different, more and more insurance providers are recognizing the value of dental sealants. Sealants are a recognized way to help prevent and combat existing decay. Simply call us or ask at your next appointment — our office can get in touch with your carrier to discuss the details of your plan. We can give you an estimate of the price of getting dental sealants prior to the treatment.

If you’d like to learn more about sealants for you and your family, call us at 740-480-8162 to schedule an appointment today!

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When we opened in 2016, it was our mission to serve our community with friendly, comfortable, convenient care. Now, we are continually committed to providing our families the very best dental services. With a small-town feel and cutting-edge technology, we combine personalized service and the most effective treatment possible.

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