Are dental sealants worth it?
Dental sealants are quick and comfortable treatments that can last anywhere from 7-10 years. They are completely invisible on the teeth, except to your dental team, who will check on your dental sealants during every routine visit, and they do not make the teeth feel different in any way. Many insurance plans offer some coverage for dental sealants, and they are relatively inexpensive out of pocket as well. Overall, we believe that the benefits of dental sealants definitely make them worth it for the majority of patients.
Are dental sealants safe?
When patients question the safety of dental sealants, they are typically concerned about the presence of BPA, which is a synthetic compound that is commonly found in plastics. At Farmington Dental & Orthodontics, we understand wanting only the best and safest treatment options for yourself and your family. The truth is, patients are more likely to come in contact with a greater amount of BPA when they drink out of plastic water bottles or handle cash register receipts. Dental sealants are a relatively safe treatment for virtually any patient.
Who needs dental sealants?
Dental sealants are often recommended for children, although adults are welcome and encouraged to have dental sealants placed as well. Children can typically have dental sealants placed around the time they turn six and their first set of molars grow in. The second set of molars typically erupt around age 11, and a sealant treatment can be scheduled to protect these teeth as well. Dental sealants are great for protecting children’s teeth while they are still learning to brush frequently and thoroughly, as well as any patients that are particularly prone to developing cavities in their molars.