Frequently Asked Questions & Answers About Sealants

In this dental sealants FAQ post we’ll answer some of your more frequently asked questions about what dental sealants are and if you should get them for your child.
Young girl in dentist chair having her teeth checked

Since children and teens are always at high risk for tooth decay, dental sealants for kids can offer ideal protection because they are:

  • Pain free
  • Fast and easy to apply
  • Easy to maintain and repair
  • And can provide years of protection 24hrs a day

Dental Sealants FAQ

What are dental sealants used for?

Designed to fill in and smooth out the hard-to-clean pits and fissures of the teeth’s chewing surface, dental sealants for kids are thin, protective plastic coatings that are painted on the teeth to help seal out harmful cavity causing bacteria. Sealants are now an accepted standard of care for protecting pre-molars and permanent molars.

How long have dental sealants been around?

Sealants have been in use by dentists for more than 50 years.

Can adults get dental sealants?

Although primarily utilized for children, adults have also been known to get dental sealants for added protection against tooth decay and cavities. Sealants for adults are only used on teeth that have no fillings or cavities.

How long does it take for dental sealants to dry?

It takes only a minute to cure and harden dental sealants using a special curing light. This makes the teeth dry very fast so there’s no need to wait before eating or drinking. To avoid chipping, be careful chewing on foods that are extremely hard or sticky.

What ingredients are in dental sealants?

In liquid resin form, dental sealants are made from plastic monomers that are painted onto the teeth. The monomers change to hard polymers during the light curing process.

How long do dental sealants last?

During regular dental visits your dentist will check on the condition and wear of the sealants. With proper dental care and hygiene, it is not uncommon for dental sealants to last anywhere from 3 to 10 years.

Can dental sealants be removed?

Dental sealant removal generally only occurs due to excessive wear or damage. In most cases, the sealants are simply replaced.

Does dental insurance cover sealants?

Dental sealants for kids are now considered an important part of preventative care and as such, some insurance providers do offer coverage.

How effective are dental sealants?

According to the Canadian Dental Association, dental sealants are 80% effective for the first two years, 50% effective for the first four years, and can provide some level of protection for up to 10 years.

Are dental sealants safe?

Research studies over the past few decades indicate that in general, dental sealants for kids are considered safe.

Are dental sealants easy to apply?

Sealants are painted on the tooth using a brush, which makes them quite easy to apply. If the sealant becomes worn or chipped over time, your dentist can easily repair the protective coating by adding more sealant as required.

Contact Us to Learn More About Dental Sealants for Kids

At Simcoe Kids Dental, our goal is to provide your child with comprehensive oral care and proper hygiene habits that will sustain them throughout life. Clean healthy teeth are stronger and last longer than teeth with cavities or fillings.

Along with full pediatric dentistry, we also offer affordable dental financing through PayBright, to cover whatever dental emergency your child may have.

If you didn’t find the answer you were looking for in this dental sealants FAQ page, please call our dental experts at 705-727-5705. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about dental sealants for kids.

Or…book an appointment!

You can read more on this topic by visiting this Canadian Dental Association PDF file here.