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Do Adults Need Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are an effective preventative treatment option for children and teens. But what about adults? While adults can benefit from dental sealants too, not all adults are good candidates. Lifetime Family Dental offers dental sealants for adults, and we can help you determine if dental sealants are right for you.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Your molars (back teeth) have grooves and crevices that can easily collect the harmful bacteria that eat away at your enamel. These grooves are difficult to keep clean, even with regular brushing and flossing, leaving your teeth vulnerable to decay. 

Dental sealants coat the surface of your back teeth with a clear, protective layer of resin to prevent plaque, bacteria, and food particles from collecting in their grooves. The process of applying sealants is quick and painless, and the results can last for several years. 

Can All Adults Get Dental Sealants?

Children often get dental sealants to protect their teeth from decay as they grow older. However, that doesn’t mean that the procedure is only for kids. Adults can also get dental sealants, as long as they have healthy teeth. 

Dental sealants cannot be applied over teeth that are already in a state of decay or in need of dental treatment. Sealing a tooth that has a cavity only traps the infection inside the tooth, which leads to even more severe tooth damage

Before you can get dental sealants, your dentist will need to examine your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate. If you are eligible, they’ll thoroughly clean your teeth first to avoid trapping any plaque under the sealant. 

How Much Do Dental Sealants Cost?

Dental sealants can cost anywhere between $35 and $60 per tooth without insurance. Protecting your teeth with dental sealants is much more affordable than having to treat tooth decay later on with expensive dental restorations like fillings or crowns. Only some insurance providers cover the cost of sealants, so it’s important to check your plan before you commit. 

Are Dental Sealants Safe?

Because of the exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), some people worry about the health risks of dental sealants. Luckily, there are minimal dangers associated with dental sealants. According to the ADA, dental sealants contribute only to a very low level of BPA exposure, and only for several hours after the sealants are applied. The ADA deems dental sealants to be safe for children and adults as an effective method of preventing cavities. 

Dental Sealants in Gilbert

If you’re considering getting dental sealants, contact Lifetime Family Dental in Gilbert. We help our Arizona community maintain bright and healthy smiles with a variety of preventative dental services. If you’re interested in dental sealants, we’ll take a look at your mouth and determine whether you’re a good candidate. We’re also happy to answer any questions you may have about dental sealants or any of our other services. Call 480-558-4331 today to set up an appointment. 

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