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.
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Who Is a Candidate for Dental Sealants?
Sealant applications are a quick treatment for patients of any age. 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 sealant 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. 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.
Caring for Dental Sealants
Once the 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 procedure 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®.
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 proactive dental sealant applications that are quick and easy to perform. Book your dental appointment now for you or your child at our office in Kingwood, TX.