Dental sealants (or pit-and-fissure sealants) are a preventative measure against tooth decay. During this treatment, Dr. Le applies the plastic sealant material into the crevices and small holes of the molars and premolars. These teeth are more susceptible to decay because it is easier for food to get trapped within the grooves. Benefits Of Dental Sealants When dental sealants are applied, they create a smoother surface that reduces food packing and is easier to clean. This is beneficial to oral health because it means fewer opportunities for harmful bacteria to thrive, and less damage to the tooth overall. Can Anyone Get Dental Sealants? At Bunker Hill Dentistry we encourage patients to get sealants so that they can avoid root canal therapy and tooth loss in the future. This procedure can be performed on patients of all ages, including children. Most dental insurance providers cover the cost of sealants in children. For adults, the out-of-pocket cost is low, so don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment to prevent the need for cavity fillings, a root canal, or tooth removal.