What Are Dental Sealants?
The likelihood of developing cavities occurs earlier in life, which is why the staff at Made Ya Smile offers services to give your child a good start for excellent oral health. Dental sealants are a service offered by our dentist and team to reduce the risk of tooth decay on the molars, premolars, and back teeth. While this is a normal treatment for kids and teens, adults also benefit from this solution. Sealants are a thin, white or tooth-colored material that fills in the grooves of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. By blocking out food and bacteria, sealants protect your child's smile and reduce the need for future dental treatment. To keep your family's smiles looking and feeling great, schedule a consultation to learn more about a protective coating for your teeth at our practice in Missouri, TX.
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Who Is a Candidate for Dental Sealants?
Children and teenagers are typically most at risk for issues such as cavities and tooth decay, especially if they don't have a normal oral care routine at home. The grooves in the molars and premolars naturally collect food particles and more that can be difficult to reach and clean using a toothbrush. Made Ya Smile uses dental sealants to block out plaque and bacteria by filling in the pits and grooves of the teeth. While adolescents of all ages are candidates for dental sealants, our team suggests them for kids between the ages of 6 - 12 whose teeth are already fully erupted. If your child has restorations, fillings, or currently has cavities, our dentist will come up with an alternative plan for effective treatment.
How Are Dental Sealants Placed?
During your initial consultation at Made Ya Smile, our dentist will examine the teeth to determine if sealants are an ideal preventive treatment option. If they are, we may either place the sealants during that appointment or have you return when it is more convenient for your family. Before placement, our team will first clean the molars and premolars with a special paste and liquid to prepare the enamel. After rinsing and drying the teeth, we will apply the material, which begins as a liquid to fill in the grooves of the molars. They are then hardened with a light, which takes less than 30 seconds per tooth. Our staff will check to see if their upper and lower teeth fit together comfortably before the end of the appointment.
How do I care for Dental Sealants?
We make the process for placing sealants is quick, easy, and efficient at Made Ya Smile. To make sure your child is making the most of their new sealants, our dental staff will provide you with instructions to follow after they are placed. Our dentist asks that patients avoid chewing hard food, candy, ice, or gum for at least a few days following the procedure. This can cause the sealants to break or become dislodged. We also give you information about keeping up with your oral health through regular brushing and flossing. While these sealants are meant to prevent cavities, we still recommend you schedule cleanings twice each year so we can assess the sealants and make sure they do not need to be repaired or redone.
Are Sealants Covered by Dental Insurance?
For young patients up to a certain age, dental insurance providers may cover the cost of dental sealants. To learn about your plan and coverage, our administrative team will call and confirm your benefits. To give your child the preventive care they need, Made Ya Smile also offers many offers for payment. If you have out-of-pocket costs and other expenses, we will be able to give you several helpful options, including third-party financing.
Dental Sealants FAQ
How long after getting dental sealants can you eat?
Patients should be able to begin eating immediately following their tooth enamel sealant appointment. There are not any food or drink restrictions associated with dental sealants.
How long do dental sealants last?
Once your sealants have been placed at our Missouri City, TX practice, they should last for about ten years. To ensure they are long-lasting, it is important to keep up routine dental cleanings and exams. Our team will check your sealants to make sure that they are still functioning properly during these appointments.
Can I brush my teeth afterward?
Following your dental sealant appointment, you can brush and floss your teeth as normal. Applying a dental sealant is a quick and easy procedure; patients can typically resume their normal routine as soon as their appointment is over.
Protect Against Tooth Decay
Protect your family's teeth from cavities and block out plaque, food particles, and harmful bacteria with the use of dental sealants by Made Ya Smile. Our dentist and team place sealants on your child's molars and premolars as a preventive measure for better overall oral health. Prevent the need for restorations, fillings, and dental crowns in the future. If dental tooth sealants sound like the right solution for you, contact our team in Missouri City, TX.