what are Dental Sealants?
Cavities are not only an eyesore, but they can cause pain, discomfort, and lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss. To prevent any of these ugly scenarios from occurring, the team at Cosmetic Dental Associates in Houston can apply sealants to the surface of teeth. The plastic material acts as a barrier to prevent the build-up of the bacteria, tartar, and plaque that can lead to the formation of cavities. The sealants are commonly applied to the top of the chewing surface of premolars or molars for the best outcomes. Sealants are easy to apply and can be done relatively quickly in the office for long-lasting results.
what are the Benefits Of Sealants?
Dental sealants offer great benefits to improve the durability and overall health of your teeth, including:
- Helping to prevent cavities and tooth decay
- Reducing serious dental issues like root canals, tooth loss, and crowns
- Extending the healthy life of your teeth
- Procedure is quick, easy, and comfortable
- Results are immediate
- Effective for children and adults
- Sealants can be re-applied
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Am I a Candidate for Dental Sealants?
Girls and boys aged 6 – 12 are typically more susceptible to cavities on the chewing surfaces of their molars and premolars, so they are the most common candidates to receive dental sealants. However, teens and adults may also be eligible for dental sealants. This may include those who struggle with keeping up with the best oral hygiene regimens or who have a history of cavities. At Cosmetic Dental Associates, receiving dental sealants is a straightforward, routine treatment that generally requires no anesthesia. Schedule a visit so someone on our dental staff can meet with you or your child to find out if you qualify for this easy and efficient treatment.
how do dental sealants work?
Sealant is a fairly easy procedure that involves plastic resin being painted on the premolars or molars, where it bonds to the tooth and hardens. The sealant fills in and fits into the grooves of the teeth, creating a comfortable, protective barrier. As a preventative method to prevent decay or even tooth lose, sealants work to maintain the health of the tooth for years. The dentist will determine if sealant is a good option for each patient during their consultation and if needed, will schedule a procedure date. Once the sealant has hardened on the tooth, the patient can continue with their regular routine.
How do you care for dental sealants?
Patients can anticipate returning to their regular routines immediately following the procedure. The dentist will provide them with any special instructions before they leave our office. To ensure optimal oral health, patients should maintain a regular oral hygiene routine that includes brushing twice a day, using mouthwash, and flossing. It is also recommended that you continue to schedule annual examinations and bi-annual teeth cleanings.
how much do dental sealants cost?
The cost of sealant varies among practices, but patients should expect to pay between $25 and $50 per tooth. Our front office will talk to the patient’s insurance company to determine if this treatment is fully or partially covered. For patients paying out of packet, payment plans and options will be reviewed by the dentist during the patient’s consultation.
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Prevent Cavities and Protect your smile
Protecting your teeth from cavities, decay, and disease is our main priority. If you believe that sealant might be the best treatment option to fulfill your dental hygiene needs, contact our office immediately to schedule your consultation with the dentist.