About Dental Sealants
Grooves in the chewing surfaces of the premolars and molars typically trap more germs and buildup, meaning they are more susceptible to having decay. Dental sealants, a routine aspect of preventive dentistry, can protect the molars from damage resulting from decay. These thin defensive sealants are composed of a clear or white substance that is brushed onto the chewing surfaces of molar or premolar teeth. Once set, sealants can protect the enamel and provide a smoother surface that is easier to keep plaque-free. Dental sealants provided at DentalWorks - Hyperlingo don't just help prevent tooth decay; they can also reduce your children's needs for tooth-colored fillings or other corrective services in the future. Talk to Dr. Dentist Two at your routine dental appointments at our City, ST practice to find out if you or your child could from dental sealants.
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Who Is a Candidate for Sealants?
Patients 6 – 12 years old tend to be more at risk for decay on the occlusive surfaces of their permanent molars, meaning they are great candidates to receive dental sealants. Although, older patients could also be suitable for dental sealants, such as those who have trouble keeping up with optimal oral hygiene regimens or who are predisposed to cavities. At DentalWorks - Hyperlingo, the application of dental sealants is a quick, uncomplicated process that usually needs no sedation. Schedule your consultation so someone on our dental staff can meet with you to decide if you might qualify for this simple and reliable solution.
What Is the Sealant Process?
Before beginning, will have to examine the teeth to find out if dental sealants could be the correct treatment for you or your child. To get your mouth ready for sealants, a professional on our team will polish the enamel to remove any buildup, food particles, and bacteria from the tops of the teeth. The dried, and a small film of sealant liquid will be placed uniformly into the crevices via a small brush. A special curing light is then set on top of the tooth, which will solidify the sealant covering within about 10 – 20 seconds. Once each sealant is set, our team will check your chewing surfaces for alignment and provide you with instructions about how to best care for your dental sealants.
Caring for Dental Sealants
your sealant appointment, you or your child will be able to resume your daily activities. Throughout the next few days, it is crucial to avoid consuming tacky or tough foods to keep the sealants from chipping as they set into your molars. also suggests individuals to adopt a great oral wellness routine, like flossing and brushing the teeth no less than twice daily. If tended to appropriately, dental sealants often stay in good condition for a number of years. The team at DentalWorks - Hyperlingo will examine your mouth during routine oral evaluations and let you know when the sealants should be redone.
Will Insurance Cover Dental Sealants?
Because dental sealants are generally considered a preventive dental procedure, several insurance programs take care of them for patients up to a specific age. Coverage might be different for young people and people who are 20 or older, so our insurance team will go over your family's plan and make you aware of your extra costs. DentalWorks - Hyperlingo accepts many payment options to help make needed oral treatment 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
Ward off cavities and yourself and your children enjoy bright, healthy smiles for several years. Sealants are a reliable, efficient, simple service at DentalWorks - Hyperlingo that may also lessen the need for future dental surgeries and pave the way for improved oral health. Discover if sealants are right for you or your family by scheduling a consultation with at our City, ST office today!
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