About Dental Sealants
Grooves in the top of the back teeth tend to trap more food particles and buildup and so are more susceptible to developing cavities. Dental sealants, a primary part of preventive dentistry, are applied to shield the molars from dental disease resulting from decay. These fine protective sealants are made of a clear or tooth-colored material that is applied to the occlusive surfaces of the permanent molars. As soon as they're dried, sealants work to safeguard the enamel and produce a smoother exterior, which is easier to keep plaque-free. Dental sealants offered at DentalWorks - Hyperlingo don't just protect from tooth decay; they might also lessen your children's needs for fillings or other restorative care in the future. Talk to Dr. Dentist Two during your regular dental cleanings at our City, ST office to learn if you or your child could benefit from dental sealants.
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Who Is a Candidate for Sealants?
Girls and boys in the age group 6 – 12 are generally the most at risk for decay on the chewing surfaces of their molars and premolars, so they are great candidates to receive dental sealants. Further, older patients might also consider getting sealants, for example, individuals who have trouble keeping up with proper oral hygiene regimens or who have a history of cavities. At DentalWorks - Hyperlingo, receiving dental sealants is a quick, easy process that generally does not call for anesthesia. Set up a consultation so someone on our dental staff can meet with you to decide if you would qualify for this easy and reliable solution.
What Is the Sealant Process?
As a first step, will need to look at the teeth to find out if dental sealants could be the right solution for you or your children. To prepare your mouth for sealants, a professional on our staff will polish the enamel to eliminate any buildup, food particles, and germs from the crevices. The dried, and a fine sheet of sealant material is then painted evenly into the fissures with a small brush. A curing light will be positioned over the tooth; this will harden the sealant casting within approximately 10 – 20 seconds. When each of the sealants is in place, our staff will assess your bite for alignment and provide you with instructions about how to best take care of your dental sealants.
Caring for Dental Sealants
your sealant placement, you or your little one can carry on with your normal activities. Over the next few days, it will be important to stay away from eating sticky or tough foods to help keep your sealants from cracking as they harden into your teeth. also suggests individuals to develop a good oral hygiene routine, such as flossing and brushing the teeth at least two times every day. If taken care of appropriately, dental sealants will likely remain in place for a number of years. The professionals at DentalWorks - Hyperlingo will examine your teeth during regular dental assessments and inform you when the sealants could be redone.
Will Insurance Cover Dental Sealants?
Because dental sealants are largely applied as a preventive dentistry treatment, several dental insurance plans will cover them for people up to a specific age. Coverage may be different for adolescents and those over 20, so our billing staff will go over your plan and make you aware of your out-of-pocket expenses. DentalWorks - Hyperlingo takes many payment methods to help make needed oral treatment more accessible and affordable for you and your household.
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
Protect against cavities and yourself and your children attain beautiful, hygienic smiles for the long run. Sealants are a reliable, quick, simple service at DentalWorks - Hyperlingo that can also lessen the need for future dental surgeries and pave the way for elevated dental wellness. Determine if dental sealants are ideal for you or your family by arranging a consultation with at our City, ST office.
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