What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of your teeth that help prevent tooth decay. The sealant bonds into the unique depressions and grooves of each tooth and forms a protective shield, protecting these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by “sealing out” plaque and food that would normally build up with time. Dental sealants are usually applied to the back teeth, where nooks and crannies are harder to clean, even with thorough brushing and flossing.

Contact Comprehensive Dental Health, LLC at 203-624-5515 to speak with one of our staff about protecting your teeth with dental sealants!

Who should get a dental sealant?

Tooth sealants are perfect for protecting the cavity prone teeth of kids age 6-14, when decay is more likely to form in the depressions and grooves of the back teeth (usually premolars and molars).

In some cases, dental sealants may also be appropriate for baby teeth, which is something that Dr. Joseph Tagliarini can help you determine. Because baby teeth are so important for holding the correct spacing for your child’s permanent teeth, it is important to keep these teeth healthy for as long as possible, and that means protecting them from decay and plaque.

Applying tooth sealant is a completely painless process, making it perfect for kids who are afraid of the dentist! It takes only a few minutes for our dentist or one of the Comprehensive Dental Health, LLC dental hygienists to apply the sealant to each tooth.

Our adult patients are also great candidates for tooth sealants.

How long do dental sealants last?

Dental sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, and during every checkup, Dr. Joseph Tagliarini will check the sealant for chipping or wearing. Because they last so long, dental sealants are a great way to protect your teeth and smile for years to come. A little sealant now means fewer cavities later!

Will my insurance company cover the costs of dental sealants?

Many insurance companies cover the cost of dental sealants, but we recommend you check with your own provider just to be sure.

You can contact Comprehensive Dental Health, LLC to learn more about dental sealants in New Haven, Connecticut.