Dental fillings and dental sealants vary in how long they can last for the average person. If proper oral hygiene is practiced, fillings can last for several years or decades, depending on the overall health of the tooth. However, sealants are less permanent and are considered temporary measures. Since sealants are only painted onto the molar, they can easily come off if the individual chews gum or eats sticky foods. The sealant attaches itself to the gum or food and falls off the tooth. If the individual grinds their teeth, it is also possible to wear the sealant down, breaking its contact with the tooth. Dental fillings and dental sealants are fabricated from different materials. Dental sealants are made of plastic, whereas fillings are made from either a composite or amalgam material.
The cost of dental sealants is approximately $25-$45 per tooth. Of course, this may be a small price to pay compared to the discomfort and cost associated with dental procedures that may become necessary if your teeth remain unprotected. Dental insurance will often cover the cost of dental sealants, but depends on the level of insurance you have and there might be out-of-pocket costs associated as well.
Use emergency dental service to find emergency dentists near you that have the ability to care for all dental emergencies that may occur unexpectedly. Our patient support center is open to take emergency calls 24 hours a day 7 days each week and will connect you with multiple dentists that have walk-in appointment hours. To get started, call our 24/7 emergency dental service number: 1-888-350-1340, enter your zip code, and then wait to be connected with a dentist near you.