What Are Dental Sealants?
Helping your family enjoy healthy, carefree smiles is very important to us here at Made Ya Smile. To provide the highest-quality preventive care and give patients the best foundation for oral health, our dentist and team place dental sealants on the back teeth the reduce the risk of tooth decay. Sealants may benefit patients of all ages but are typically used in children, as patients in this age range are more likely to develop cavities. A thin, clear, or tooth-colored material, dental sealants are applied to the grooves (pits and fissures) of back teeth that tend to collect plaque, food, and bacteria. This creates the perfect breeding ground for cavities to develop. Placing sealants on the premolar and molar teeth of younger patients can help prevent tooth decay and minimize the need for fillings or other restorative procedures in the future. Get in touch with our team today to schedule a visit at our Katy, TX practice and learn if your family members are ideal candidates for preventive dental sealants.
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Who Is a Candidate for Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants can help protect your child's teeth from tooth decay and greater treatment needs. During the childhood and teen years of life, the pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of back teeth are at an increased risk of becoming decayed. These areas are more difficult to effectively clean with a toothbrush and often trap plaque, bacteria, and food particles that can lead to the formation of cavities. Sealants work to fill these grooves and protect these at-risk surfaces by blocking out debris accumulation. Patients of all ages may be a good candidate for dental sealants. However, kids between the ages of 6 – 12 benefit most often from their placements. The procedure is simple and comfortable and performed within a single visit, in many cases. Sealants are not recommended for teeth until they fully erupt into the mouth and are not placed on teeth that already have cavities or restorations (fillings). With proper care, sealants may last for several years.
How Are Dental Sealants Placed?
Our dentist will examine your child's teeth to determine if sealants are a good option for their dental health. We will check for signs of tooth decay and ensure the chewing surfaces of your child's back teeth are healthy and intact. An alternative solution will be recommended if cavities or additional types of damage have occurred. We do our best to make getting your family's dental care as convenient for you as possible. If it is appropriate at that time, we will go ahead and place the sealants, unless you would prefer to schedule a separate appointment.
To prepare the teeth for sealant placement, we first clean the surfaces with a special type of paste and apply a cleaning liquid. We will rinse and thoroughly dry the teeth and then place the material into the grooves of the tooth, which flows rather easily in this form. Each sealant will then be cured (hardened) with our dental light, which allows it to adhere firmly to the chewing surface. Setting each sealant takes less than 30 seconds per tooth. When all of your child's sealants have been placed, we will check the bite (how upper and lower teeth meet together) to ensure a comfortable fit and let you know the best possible way to care for your child's sealants.
Caring for Dental Sealants
Sealant appointments for cavity prevention are typically fast, easy, and comfortable experiences for patients. But to help your child's sealant serve their smile and protect their teeth in the best possible way, we suggest adhering to a few recommendations especially within the first couple of days following placement. Eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods can cause the sealants to chip or even dislodge from the tooth, so it is best to avoid these items. Chewing gum, eating candy, or crunching on ice (which is never recommended) should also be avoided in the days following sealant placement to protect the integrity of these preventive applications. To best maintain sealants at home, it is a good idea to brush and floss thoroughly each day. At each of your child's dental cleaning and exam appointments with our Katy, TX team, we will evaluate the sealants and advise you if they need to be replaced over time.
Are Sealants Covered by Dental Insurance?
Sealants are typically a covered benefit offered by most insurance plans for children. However, coverage may be limited up to a certain age. If our dentist recommends sealants for decay prevention, our team will get in touch with your insurance provider to determine if there will be any out-of-pocket costs. Our caring team is in your corner when comes to helping you get quality care for your family's smiles. We will work to help you maximize your insurance benefits or find affordable options that meet your needs and family's budget. Made Ya Smile takes a range of easy payment options, including special financing with CareCredit® payment solutions.
Protect Against Tooth Decay
Protect your family's smiles against the threat of tooth decay and help to minimize treatment needs in the future. Dental sealants from Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX offer a simple solution to preventing tooth decay in the chewing surfaces of back teeth to keep bacteria, plaque, and food from collecting and creating a prime environment for cavity formation. Sealants may be ideal for patients of all ages but are typically recommended for children with teeth that are free from cavities and fillings. To see if sealants are a viable option for your family's oral health, schedule a visit with our dentist today.