Dental Sealants Overview
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 Dr. Tuan (Anthony) Ly 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 at our clinic in Missouri, TX.
Best Candidates for Mouth Guards
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, Dr. Ly will come up with an alternative plan for effective treatment.
What to Expect with Dental Sealants
During your initial consultation at Made Ya Smile, Dr. Ly will examine the teeth for problems such as cavities or tooth decay. If either of these issues is detected, our skilled team will have to address them first. If not, we can either place the sealants during that appointment or have you return when it is more convenient for your family. Before placement, Dr. Ly 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.
Dental Sealants Follow-Up
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. Dr. Ly 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.
Dental Sealants Insurance Coverage
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.
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. Dr. Ly and his 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 sealants sound like the right solution for you, contact our staff in Missouri City, TX.