Dental Sealants Overview
At Made Ya Smile Rayford, our priority is allowing your family to achieve happy, healthy smiles. While dental sealants are typically recommended for children, they're a preventive measure that can help patients maintain cavity-free teeth at any age. Made of white or tooth-colored material, sealants fill in the pits, fissures, and grooves of the chewing surfaces on the back teeth, the places where cavities often form. The presence of sealants on the premolar and molar teeth helps prevent plaque, food particles, and bacteria from collecting and causing tooth decay in these areas, protecting teeth for several years if cared for properly. Eric Capps, D.D.S., our board-certified dentist, may recommend sealants to patients of any age to help protect their oral health. Schedule a visit at our caring family dental practice in Spring, TX today to see if you or your children might benefit from dental sealants.
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Best Candidates for Mouth Guards
While adults may benefit from sealants, it's children and teens who are most at risk of developing cavities on the back, or premolar and molar, teeth. Grooves that naturally exist on these back teeth harbor food, bacteria, and plaque, creating an ideal environment for cavities. It can be hard to properly clean pits and fissures with normal brushing. Sealants smooth out these areas and block harmful material. If you are prone to decay and need a prevention method, you may be a great candidate for sealants. Primarily, they're placed in children aged 6 – 12. To place sealants, the teeth must be cavity-free, fully-erupted, and be free of fillings or other restorations, and are a fast, easy procedure for patients at any age.
What to Expect with Dental Sealants
Your child will receive an evaluation from Dr. Capps to check for decay or other oral health issues prior to placing sealants. If they are recommended for cavity prevention, sealants can be placed at that evaluation appointment or at a later date if it's more convenient for your schedule. To place sealants, we first clean the teeth with a special paste and liquid that optimizes the surface of the teeth so the sealants can properly adhere. Then, the teeth will be rinsed and dried before the liquid sealant material is placed into the grooves of the teeth. Each sealant is cured, or hardened, in less than 30 seconds. Once complete, we will check the bite to ensure it remains comfortable and provide any needed follow-up instructions.
Dental Sealants Follow-Up
It's a simple procedure to have sealants placed at Made Ya Smile in our Spring, TX office. Your child can immediately return to their normal daily activities following their visit, but we will have a few instructions for them for the first few days. Those who have had sealants placed should avoid hard and sticky foods, like candy, chewing gum, or crunching ice (which we never recommend) for a couple of days. Though the sealants help protect the teeth, it is still necessary to brush and floss to maintain healthy gums, teeth and smile. At your child's bi-annual cleaning and exam visits, we will check to ensure your child's sealants are functioning well and determine if repair or replacement is necessary.
Dental Sealants Insurance Coverage
As a preventive procedure, dental sealants are often covered by dental insurance for children up to a certain age, depending on the plan. Prior to this procedure, we will check with your insurance to determine your benefits schedule. If there will be any out-of-pocket expenses, we will review those with you prior to placing the sealants. Our caring team at Made Ya Smile views a happy, healthy smile for every patient as their top priority, and as such we offer several convenient payment options along with third-party dental financing through CareCredit®.
Minimizing the risk of tooth decay with sealants can be a great way to maintain your child's healthy smile. Protecting the chewing surfaces of back teeth can reduce the need for more extensive dental work, like crowns, fillings, or restorations, in the future. We're skilled at providing fast, comfortable care to patients of all ages at Made Ya Smile. Contact our Spring, TX office today to find out if sealants can help protect your family's dental health for years to come.