About Dental Sealants
Crevices in the chewing surfaces of the premolars and molars usually accumulate more germs and buildup, meaning they are more susceptible to having cavities. Dental sealants, an important part of preventive dentistry, can defend the molars from cavities resulting from decay. These thin protective sealants are composed of a clear or tooth-colored liquid that is brushed onto the tops of the permanent molars. Once set, dental sealants help defend these teeth and provide a more even exterior, which is easier to keep plaque-free. Dental sealants offered at Preston Hollow Dental Care don't just help ward off cavities, but they may also reduce your children's needs for fillings or other corrective services later on. Talk to Gabrielle Dizon during your regular dental visits at our Dallas, TX practice to learn if you or your child could benefit from dental sealants.
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Who Is a Candidate for Sealants?
Youths aged 6 – 12 tend to be the most at risk for cavities on the occlusive surfaces of their back teeth, meaning they are good candidates for dental sealants. Further, older patients might also be suitable for dental sealants, for example, individuals who have a hard time being diligent about the best oral hygiene routines or who are prone to cavities. At Preston Hollow Dental Care, receiving dental sealants is a fast, easy process that, most often, requires no sedation. Set up a consultation, and someone on our dental staff can meet with you or your child to discover if you would qualify for this simple and reliable option.
What Is the Sealant Process?
As a first step, we will need to examine your teeth to decide if dental sealants are the proper solution for you or your child. To get your mouth ready for dental sealants, a member of our staff will clean the enamel to remove any tartar, food particles, and germs from the tops of the teeth. The teeth will be dried, and a thin sheet of sealant product will be placed precisely into the fissures using a tiny brush. A dental curing light is then placed on top of the tooth; this will solidify the sealant coating within about 10 – 20 seconds. Once the sealants are applied, our staff will examine your jaws for alignment and give you tips on how to effectively take care of your sealants.
Caring for Dental Sealants
Immediately following your sealant session, you or your little one should be able to resume your daily activities. Over the next few days, it is critical to stay away from chewing on tacky or tough foods to help keep your dental sealants from cracking as they set into your enamel. Our team also suggests individuals to maintain a decent oral hygiene regimen, such as flossing and brushing your teeth at least two times each day. When tended to as recommended, dental sealants can stay in good condition for several years. The team at Preston Hollow Dental Care will assess your teeth during routine oral exams and inform you when the sealants need to be reapplied.
Will Insurance Cover Dental Sealants?
Owing to the fact that sealants are largely considered a preventive service, multiple dental insurance programs pay for them for kids or adolescents up to a particular age. Coverage could vary between young people and those over 20, so our insurance team will review your family's plan and tell you about any additional expenses. Preston Hollow Dental Care takes a range of payment options to help make your oral attention more convenient and affordable for you and your household.
FAQ ABOUT DENTAL SEALANTS
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are thin coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) that help to prevent cavities.
Is a dental sealant a better option than a filling?
Sealants are a quick and painless way to prevent cavities. A tooth without a cavity is healthier and stronger than a tooth that has a filling or an untreated cavity. Sealants are less expensive and easier to apply than a filling.
When should children get dental sealants?
Sealants prevent the most cavities when applied soon after permanent molars come in. This is usually around age 6 for the first molars and age 12 for the second molars.
Do dental sealants hurt?
Getting a sealant is easy and does not hurt. The tooth is cleaned, rinsed, and dried. Next, the dental sealant is painted on the tooth. The dentist may shine a light on the tooth to help harden the sealant to form a protective shield.
How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants have shown to still work approximately nine years after placement. However, sometimes they do fall off. If a tooth loses a sealant, the protective shield is gone and the tooth can get a cavity. That is why it is important to maintain regular dental appointments so they can be checked. The good news is that missing sealants are easy to replace.
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Protect Teeth From Tooth Decay
Protect against cavities and enable your family to enjoy radiant, healthy smiles for many years. Sealants are an effective, quick, straightforward solution at Preston Hollow Dental Care that might also lessen the chances for future oral procedures and pave the way for enhanced dental health. Discover if dental sealants are good for you or your family by booking a visit with Gabrielle Dizon at our Dallas, TX facility.
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