Dental Sealants in Kingwood, TX

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What Are Dental Sealants?

The best time to schedule a dental sealant appointment is right after a dental examination that shows no tooth decay in the molars. Why? Dental sealant is placed on healthy molars to prevent cavities. This is a preventive measure we recommend regularly at Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood, TX. We often provide this service for children (ages 6 – 12), but dental sealant is available to patients who qualify at any age. Made out of tooth-colored material, the dental sealant easily fills in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Cavities are notoriously found in these teeth where bacteria, food particles, and plaque love to collect — and cause cavities. Contact our office today if you feel that you would like to learn more about dental sealants by making an appointment at the Kingwood office.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?

At Made Ya Smile Kingwood, TX, we suggest sealants for teeth for our patients as an extra preventive measure for the wellness teeth. These sealants offer a number of advantages for our patients, some of which are:

  • Fight tooth decay
  • Discreet, tooth-colored material
  • Protection against plaque and debris buildup
  • Conserve effort and cost by maintaining your tooth health

Who Is a Candidate for Dental Sealants?

Sealant applications are a quick treatment for patients of any age in Kingwood, TX. While children between ages 6 – 12 are most at risk for developing cavities in their molars or premolars, we recommend children and teens receive this treatment. However, if you have molars that have never been treated with sealants or restorations and are cavity-free, then you are welcome to request a consultation.

How Are Dental Sealants Placed?

There is no need for numbing or injections when it comes to the application of dental sealant (tooth enamel sealant). We will prep each tooth by cleaning and drying it so that the sealant will stick well to the surface. Made out of clear or tooth-colored resin material, the liquid sealant is painted onto the chewing surface of the tooth. We will use a light to harden the material on the tooth for 20 – 30 seconds, but this will not cause discomfort. To make sure that sealant was applied in a thin layer, we will check the bite and make adjustments if needed.

How do I care for Dental Sealants?

Once the tooth enamel sealant (dental sealant) has dried, you can go about your normal activities. However, eating habits will need to be modified for the first few days after the sealant is applied to the teeth. Please avoid foods that are damaging to your teeth, like hard candies, sticky caramels, gum, or ice. You can brush and floss your teeth as normal. At your next cleaning and exam, our team will be sure to check the sealed molars and determine whether replacement or repair is needed.

Are Sealants Covered by Dental Insurance?

Dental sealants are a preventive protective coating for teeth in Kingwood, TX, and are often covered up to a certain age by dental insurance plans. If this is not covered, we accept several convenient payment methods, as well as dental financing through CareCredit®.

Dental sealant FAQ

Does shaving a dental sealant placed hurt?
No. When you get a protective coating for teeth in Kingwood, TX, it shouldn't hurt. The sealants are created from a gel that's brushed over the tooth or teeth. No numbing shots or drilling is necessary.

How long do I have to wait to brush my teeth after a protective coating for teeth in Kingwood, TX, is placed?
After your tooth enamel sealant in Kingwood, TX, you won't have to wait to brush your teeth. The gel is brushed onto your teeth during the procedure and won't cause an interruption to your daily flossing and brushing routine.

Do I have to wait a few hours until eating?
After your dental tooth in Kingwood, TX, has a dental sealant placed, you will be able to eat. You have no specific restrictions for food or drink after a dental sealant is placed.

How long will my tooth enamel sealant last? 
Your dental sealants can last up to a decade when taken care of properly. Be sure to come in for your regularly scheduled cleanings and exams so our team can access your dental sealants. Add that to your daily brushing and flossing routine, and your sealant will last for years.

Protect Against Tooth Decay

Save those molars! With dental sealant, you have a better chance at not developing advanced tooth decay that causes painful cavities on the big, back teeth. At Made Ya Smile Dental, we want to see you smile with our protective coating for teeth Kingwood, TX that are quick and easy to perform. Book your dental appointment now for you or your child at our office in Kingwood, TX.

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