What Are Dental Sealants?
As a family-owned practice, Made Ya Smile in Rosenberg, TX wants to help each of our patients achieve the happy, healthy smile that they deserve. Taking steps to avoid getting cavities is a big part of the regular dental care that will help you and your family maintain a healthy smile. Dental sealants a general dental procedure that is frequently used by our team to reduce the risk of tooth decay. While sealants are generally recommended for children by our dentist, they can also be a big help for both teens and adults who have concerns about their oral health. Sealants are created from a material similar in color to your teeth, which is used to fill gaps or grooves of premolar and molar teeth where tooth decay can frequently happen. Sealants help to prevent the formation of cavities by stopping bacteria, food, and plaque from sticking to the surface of your teeth. As a large part of many preventive care plans, sealants can help to keep your smile healthy over time and can reduce the chance of needing more invasive treatments. Give yourself or your family the care and protection needed to reduce the risk of needing fillings or crowns down the road. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to find out more about how our family-owned practice can help you with your dental care.
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Who Is a Candidate for Dental Sealants?
A person’s early years are a time when their molar and premolar teeth are at an increased risk of developing symptoms of tooth decay. Fissures, pits, and grooves that can form on the surface of these teeth can be an ideal place for things like bacteria, food, or plaque to collect. These areas can be a real challenge to clean at home using only a toothbrush. Dental sealants can be used to block unwanted particles from collecting on the teeth by filling out any uneven areas. While our practice generally recommends sealants for our younger patients between ages 6 and 12, any person can potentially be an ideal candidate for this dental treatment. The application of dental sealants is simple and requires little to no discomfort. The use of dental sealants is only recommended for teeth that have fully erupted, have no prior fillings or other dental restorations, and are currently free of cavities.
How Are Dental Sealants Placed?
During a general dental cleaning or consultation appointment, our team will be examining your mouth and teeth thoroughly for any signs of potential concern including tooth decay. If we find any indications of cavities or some other dental concern, we will be sure to recommend an effective treatment plan. If your teeth are free of cavities though, we can apply dental sealants during this time, or we can schedule a separate appointment to complete the procedure. It can be beneficial to apply sealants during a regular cleaning because we will need to clean your chewing surfaces before application. We will use a special paste and liquid to prepare the enamel, followed by a rinse and dry of the oral area before applying the sealant material. Dental sealants are liquid at first as this allows the substance to freely flow into the unique grooves of your teeth. Using a special light-emitting device, our skilled dentist will harden the substance over each tooth individually. This process requires only 20-30 seconds for each tooth. Once your sealants are in place, we will have you check to be sure that your bit is comfortable while going over instructions on the best ways to care for your smile over the next few days.
Caring for Dental Sealants
According to most of our patients, the process to apply dental sealants is quick and easy with little to no discomfort. To make sure your new sealants have a chance to settle correctly we recommend following some important steps for at least several days after the procedure. Be sure to avoid eating sticky or hard foods, don’t chew gum, eat candy, and especially avoid eating ice (which we always advise against) so that your sealants have enough time to settle properly. The best method of caring for your sealants at home is to maintain a regular brushing and flossing schedule. While sealants a good solution for preventing cavities, you should still attend your bi-annual cleanings at our office so that our team can provide professional quality cleaning and continue to observe the condition of your sealants.
Are Sealants Covered by Dental Insurance?
Most insurance plans will cover the use of dental sealants, but that coverage may end at a certain age. Our staff will be sure to contact your provider so that your specific benefits can be determined before we proceed with treatment so that you can be informed regarding potential out-of-pocket expenses. Made Ya Smile in Rosenberg, TX accepts several payment options, and if you do have dental insurance or have other financial concerns, then our team is prepared to help you find affordable financing options. Our team believes in helping families get the dental care they need to have happy, healthy smiles and we will always try to help you find a way to make treatment affordable.
Protect Against Tooth Decay
Dental sealants are a fast, simple procedure that provides an effective way of protecting you or your family’s smiles from developing cavities or other unwanted oral concerns in the future. This preventive treatment option is recommended by Made Ya Smile in Rosenberg, TX to help keep food, plaque, and even bacteria from collecting on molar and premolar teeth. Asking our team to help you with this easy solution now is a great way of minimizing the risk of needing other more invasive dental treatments in the future. Be sure to contact our office to schedule a consultation with our skilled dentist to find out if dental sealants by Made Ya Smile are the best solution for your oral health.