Sealants are an easy treatment to protect your teeth from decay and cavities. Sealants are thin, flexible plastic coatings that can be put on the tops of your back teeth (molars and premolars). Once they are placed, sealants block bacteria, tartar, plaque, and food particles to protect from several problems, such as cavities. Dental sealants may stay on for many years with proper care that includes a regular oral hygiene routine at home. They not only maintain the health of your mouth and lower the risk for dental cavities, but they may also save you from expensive dental treatments in the future. Talk to experienced dentist Dr. Drew Randall at your dental exam at Randall Dentistry in Dallas, TX to help you decide if dental sealants are a good choice for you and your family.
Good candidates for sealants are patients who are prone to developing oral diseases or cavities. In many cases, dental sealants are suggested for younger children and teens who may not have a regular oral hygiene routine. The application of dental sealants is a simple, fast treatment that generally does not require sedation or anesthesia, making it a great procedure for all ages.
What to Expect
At your consultation, Dr. Randall will first examine your teeth to decide if dental sealants are right for you. Before the application, we will clean and polish your teeth to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria. Next, Dr. Randall will brush on the sealant and set the material using a light. After the application is set, Dr. Randall will check if your dental sealant is in the correct position.
After your treatment, you will be free to resume your normal daily activities. It is important for you to develop a good home oral care plan, including brushing your teeth two times every day, along with mouthwash and flossing. You should try to avoid putting heavy pressure on your back teeth or consuming foods that are sticky. With good care, dental sealants may last for years. At your dental examination at Randall Dentistry, Dr. Randall will decide if your dental sealants should be applied again.
Dental sealants are a preventive treatment and many dental insurance companies pay for some of the cost for children. Coverage can vary, particularly in adults so we will determine your coverage by calling your insurance company and then letting you know your costs. Randall Dentistry takes many methods of payment and we can assist you with low-interest medical financing.
You or your child may be one of the many people who could benefit from sealants to maintain general dental health. Dental sealants are a great option to avoid more extensive procedures, such as cavity fillings. A relatively easy and quick procedure, dental sealants can help your family experience easier dental exams and improved overall health. To get more information about sealants, contact our Dallas, TX office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Randall.