Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Dentistry & Orthodontics > Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants Cost


How Much Do Dental Sealants Cost?

 
low costWith Dental Insurance: Freeaverage costWithout Dental Insurance: $35-$60 Per Tooth
post E-mail post Post  

Dental sealants are a thin, plastic layer applied to the chewing surface of back teeth and molars to prevent tooth decay. Most frequently, children and teenagers receive protective sealants, but adults also can benefit from dental sealants.

Typical costs:

  • A metal extension
  • For uninsured patients, dental sealants typically cost $35-$60 per tooth. The cost of dental sealants tends to be higher in larger, metropolitan areas.
Related articles: Teeth Cleaning, Dental X-Rays, Dental Work

What should be included:
  • Applying sealants is typically quick and painless. A dentist or dental assistant will clean the teeth that are to be sealed thoroughly. Each tooth is then dried and absorbent material is placed around the tooth to keep the area dry. An acid solution is applied to the chewing surface, which allows the sealant to bond better. Finally, sealant is applied to the tooth enamel. Sometimes a light is used to help the sealant harden on the enamel.
Additional costs:
  • Typically, teeth need to be cleaned to have sealants applied. The teeth cleaning cost might not be included in the price of sealant application. Teeth cleaning typically costs $50-$135.
Discounts:
  • Dental sealants typically cost considerably less than waiting for a tooth to decay and then repairing it with a filling. Insurance coverage ranges from policy to policy and some restrictions may apply. Typical restrictions on dental sealants include only covering certain teeth or only covering patients in a certain age range. Fillings typically cost $75-$300 per tooth.
  • Some states and counties have free or low-cost programs that cover dental sealants for children. For example, the Arizona Department of Health Services offers free dental sealants to children in second and fifth grades who are not covered by dental insurance.
  • The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors provides links to each state's oral health programs[1] , which might have free or low-cost programs for dental sealants.
  • Some elementary schools provide dental sealant programs aimed at students who might not otherwise receive preventative dental care. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on school-based dental sealant programs[2] .
Shopping for dental sealants:
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Oral Health has a fact sheet[3] with information about dental sealants.
  • The American Dental Association has a nationwide dental directory[4] .
  • The Academy of General Dentistry also provides a listing of dentists[5] nationwide.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


8 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Dental Sealants
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Number of Teeth: Dentist: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.astdd.org/state-programs/
  2.  www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/topics/dental_sealant_programs.htm
  3.  www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/sealants_faq.htm
  4.  www.mouthhealthy.org/en/find-a-dentist.aspx
  5.  www.knowyourteeth.com/findadentist/
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Do Body Piercings Cost? How Much Does a Heart Stent Cost? How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com



Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
X-RAY HIP UNI 2+ VW
Paid: 493.00
New patient office visit $93Took 2 xrays of my hip $493Insurance company noted Charge Exceeds Defined Pay amount on the Xray. Ins Co. noted Charge Exceeds the contractual allowance per the contract. Ins. Co... [more]
-Living is costing me to Death
X-Ray Cost
Front struts for 06 Acura MDX
Paid: 325.00
Dealer quoted $1500 for all 4 struts/shocks ($750 Front; $650 Rear). Shopped it around and found they were way over priced! Used Monroe OESpectrum on fronts (excellent) and rear didn't need to replaced..... [more]
-Foolmeonce
Car Shock Absorbers Cost
Trane 3Ton 13SEER XR13
Paid: 4217.00
Upgraded my 10yr old Goodman A/C unit for a Trane. AS Heating & Cooling were great to work with and had the better pricing and financing between the 3 certified Trane installers for the area. Great team and quick to work... [more]
-Chris87
Central Air Conditioner Cost
Annual cost Houston TX
Paid: 169.00
Our home is 3100 sf. We had termites 15 years ago they were treated and are now on annual inspection plan with same company for over 15 years. The inspection is limited to a visual walk around only... [more]
-Richard Markel
Termite Control Cost
what deck's cost
Paid: 1600.00
I can build an 8 by 8 deck with two sets of stairs for 25 a square foot usually you just need to go see how much a box of screws cost and 1 2x12x16 then tell me I'm to high and remember you don't pay cheap for a good doctor lawyer hair sty... [more]
-Tim the trim carpenter
Deck Cost
TIMING BELT
Paid: 395.62
Replaced Timing belt, Alternator belt, Power Steering belt, Crank Shaft Seal and Cam Shaft Seal... [more]
-REYNOSO
Replacing a Timing Belt Cost