About Dental Sealants
Crevices in the top of the back teeth typically accumulate more bacteria and tartar, meaning they are more vulnerable to ending up with decay. Dental sealants, an important aspect of preventive dentistry, are applied to shield the teeth from cavities caused by decay. These fine defensive coatings are composed of a clear or milky-colored liquid that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the permanent molars. Once dried, they can protect these teeth and provide a smoother exterior, which is easier to maintain. Dental sealants from DentalWorks - Hyperlingo not only help stop cavities, but they might also reduce your kids' needs for tooth-colored fillings or other corrective care in the future. Speak with Dr. Dentist Two at your routine dental cleanings at our City, ST office to determine if you or your child might from dental sealants.
Who Is a Candidate for Sealants?
Youths aged 6 – 12 are generally more at risk for decay on the chewing surfaces of their back teeth, meaning they are the most common candidates to receive dental sealants. Further, more mature patients could also be candidates for sealants, for example, those who have problems with maintaining optimal oral hygiene routines or who have a history of cavities. At DentalWorks - Hyperlingo, receiving dental sealants is a convenient, routine process that typically needs no anesthesia. Call about a consultation, and a professional on our dental staff can meet with you or your child to learn if you could qualify for this quick and reliable option.
What Is the Sealant Process?
Prior to treatment, will have to examine the teeth to learn if dental sealants would be the proper solution for you or your child. To prepare the teeth for sealants, a professional on our team will clean the enamel to eradicate any buildup, food debris, and bacteria from the tops of the teeth. The dried, and a small sheet of sealant liquid is then distributed precisely into the rifts using a small brush. A special curing light is then set over the tooth; this will ossify the sealant casting in approximately 10 – 20 seconds. After every sealant is set, our team will examine your bite for alignment and provide you with instructions on how to properly take care of your sealants.
Caring for Dental Sealants
your sealant appointment, you or your child should be able to resume your typical activities. During the next few days, it will be vital to hold off on chewing on sticky or tough foods to help keep your dental sealants from chipping as they harden into your enamel. also recommends individuals to adopt a decent oral hygiene regimen, like flossing and brushing the teeth no less than twice a day. When cared for as recommended, dental sealants should stay in place for a number of years. Our professionals at DentalWorks - Hyperlingo will evaluate your teeth during annual oral exams and let you know if the sealants need to be reapplied.
Will Insurance Cover Dental Sealants?
Given that dental sealants are commonly applied as a preventive dentistry treatment, multiple insurance programs pay for them for individuals up to a particular age. Coverage might differ between adolescents and adults, so our financial staff will go over your plan and tell you about any remaining expenses. DentalWorks - Hyperlingo accepts many payment options to make needed dental care even more accessible and affordable for you and your relatives.
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
Evade decay and your loved ones have gorgeous, clean smiles for years to come. Sealants are a reliable, efficient, low-maintenance solution at DentalWorks - Hyperlingo that might also diminish the need for future dental treatments and allow for improved oral wellness. Determine if sealants are good for you or your kids by setting up a consultation with at our City, ST office!
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