About Dental Sealants
Crevices in the chewing surfaces of the premolars and molars typically harbor more food particles and tartar and so are more at risk for having decay. Dental sealants, an effective aspect of preventive dentistry, help safeguard the teeth from cavities resulting from decay. These fine protective coverings are composed of a transparent or tooth-colored material that is brushed onto the tops of molar or premolar teeth. When they're dried, sealants help defend the enamel and provide a smoother surface that is easier to brush. Dental sealants from DentalWorks - Hyperlingo not only stop cavities; they might also lessen your kids' needs for fillings or other restorative care in the future. Speak with Dr. Dentist Two during your twice-yearly dental cleanings at our City, ST practice to find out if you or your child could benefit from dental sealants.
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Who Is a Candidate for Sealants?
Girls and boys between the ages of 6 – 12 tend to be more likely to develop cavities on the chewing surfaces of their permanent molars, so they are the most common candidates for dental sealants. However, older patients may also be candidates for dental sealants, for example, those who have problems with keeping up with proper oral hygiene routines or who are prone to cavities. At DentalWorks - Hyperlingo, receiving dental sealants is a quick, routine treatment that typically requires no anesthesia. Schedule a visit, and a professional on our dental staff can evaluate you to decide if you could benefit from this easy and helpful option.
What Is the Sealant Process?
Prior to treatment, will need to assess the teeth to determine if dental sealants will be the proper treatment for you or your children. To get your mouth ready for dental sealants, a professional on our staff will clean the enamel to remove any tartar, food particles, and bacteria from the crevices. The dried, and a fine layer of sealant product is then placed evenly into the grooves with a tiny brush. An advanced curing light is then set on top of the tooth, which will strengthen the sealant coating in roughly 10 – 20 seconds. As soon as each of the sealants is in place, our team will evaluate your bite for alignment and supply you with instructions on how to properly take care of your sealants.
Caring for Dental Sealants
your sealant placement, you or your child will be able to carry on with your normal routine. Throughout the next few days, it will be crucial to stop eating tacky or tough foods to help keep the dental sealants from chipping as they harden into your teeth. also advises individuals to keep up with a good dental hygiene regimen, like flossing and brushing the teeth at least two times daily. If cared for correctly, dental sealants often remain in place for many years. Our team at DentalWorks - Hyperlingo will inspect your mouth during regular oral assessments and let you know if the sealants should be redone.
Will Insurance Cover Dental Sealants?
As dental sealants are generally considered a preventive dental care treatment, several dental insurance programs will pay for them for kids or adolescents up to a certain age. Coverage may be different for adolescents and people who are 20 or older, so our insurance specialists will assess your plan and tell you about any remaining expenses. DentalWorks - Hyperlingo takes many payment methods to help make necessary oral care even more convenient and cost-effective for you and your children.
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 decay and yourself and your children enjoy gorgeous, hygienic smiles for years to come. Sealants are an effective, quick, straightforward service at DentalWorks - Hyperlingo that can also reduce the chances for future oral procedures and allow for improved oral health. Learn if sealants are ideal for you or your family by setting up a consultation with at our City, ST office.
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