Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a preventive measure that can help protect teeth from tooth decay, especially in children.

What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. They work by filling in the pits and fissures of the teeth, which are the areas where cavities most commonly form. The sealant bonds to the teeth and creates a smooth surface that is difficult for plaque and bacteria to adhere to.

Dental sealants are a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay, especially in children and adolescents. They are relatively inexpensive and can be applied in a single dental appointment.

  • They are most effective in preventing cavities on the chewing surfaces of teeth, which are the back teeth (molars and premolars).
  • They can be applied to both primary (baby) and permanent teeth.
  • They are typically applied by a dentist or dental hygienist.
  • The procedure is painless and takes only a few minutes.
  • Dental sealants typically last for 5-10 years, but they may need to be replaced sooner if they become chipped or worn.

Dental Sealant Cost in Singapore

Dental Sealant

$70
per tooth (w/o GST)

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Dental Sealant Procedure

Dental sealants are a solution to tooth decay. A dentist or dental hygienist can apply them in a simple and painless procedure that takes only a few minutes.

Here are the steps involved in the procedure:

  1. The teeth are cleaned thoroughly and dried.
  2. Cotton or other absorbent material is placed around the teeth to keep them dry.
  3. An acid solution is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth to make them rough. This helps the sealant to bond better to the teeth.
  4. The teeth are rinsed and dried again.
  5. The sealant is painted onto the teeth.
  6. A special intense white light is used to harden the sealant.
  7. The dentist checks to make sure the sealant is properly bonded to the teeth.

Purpose & Importance

In order to prevent tooth decay, many people choose to utilize dental sealants. The best time to apply dental sealants is between the ages of 6 and 14, when kids often have the most cavities. This is when most teeth develop their chewing surfaces.
 
Sometimes, even after brushing and flossing, food particles and plaque remain stuck on the back teeth. Sealants “seal out” plaque and food, protecting the most vulnerable back teeth (premolars and molars).
dental sealant for children

Dental Sealants for Baby Teeth

Baby teeth play an important role in holding the correct spacing for permanent teeth. If a baby’s teeth have deep depressions and grooves, their dentist might recommend dental sealants to help keep the baby’s teeth from falling out too early.

Dental Sealants for Adults and Older Children

Dental sealants can also be used to protect older children and adult teeth from decay. Children from ages six to fourteen are ideal candidates for dental sealants, as their first molars typically appear around age six and their second molars around age twelve.

How long will it stay?

Dental sealants can help protect teeth from decay for up to ten years. Your dentist will let you know if it needs any repair during your regular dental visits.

Are they safe?

Dental sealants are made of a thin composite resin, which is a type of plastic. Some people are concerned about the link between plastic and BPA, a chemical that has been linked to adverse effects on the brain and cardiovascular system. However, the American Dental Association (ADA) has stated that dental sealants are safe, and that the amount of BPA in dental sealants is very minimal. In fact, most people are exposed to more BPA in their daily lives through other sources, such as food and water.

Do they look and feel seamless?

Dental sealants are typically clear or slightly tinted, and they are applied in a thin layer that is smooth to the touch. They are not noticeable once they are applied, and most people forget that they are wearing them.

Benefits

Benefits of Dental Sealants?

  • Prevent cavities. Dental sealants are one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities, especially in children and adolescents. Studies have shown that sealants can reduce the risk of cavities by up to 80%.
  • Save money. Dental sealants are a relatively inexpensive preventive measure. The cost of sealants varies depending on your dentist, but they are typically much less expensive than fillings or crowns.
  • Are easy to care for. Dental sealants are very easy to care for. You simply brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. There is no special care required for sealants.
  • Are long-lasting. Dental sealants can last for several years, but they may need to be replaced if they become chipped or worn.

If you are interested in getting dental sealants, talk to our dentist. They can help you determine if sealants are right for you and answer any questions you may have.

Insurance & Subsidies

AIA dental Insurance

AIA

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Medisave dental claim

Medisave

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CHAS

We are a CHAS-approved dental clinic. We accept valid CHAS, Merdeka and Pioneer Generation cards.

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Baby Bonus Scheme CDA

Smilepoint is a Baby Bonus (CDA) approved institution. You can use the funds from the CDA for dental treatments.

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