Dental Sealants Overview
In order to serve your family and the surrounding community, Made Ya Smile Dental hopes to offer the best treatment options available, including the use of dental sealants. Sealants are a white, light, or tooth-colored material that fills in the grooves of the back teeth, preventing bacteria and food particles from collecting inside. Placing these dental sealants on teeth, such as the molars and premolars, are also helpful in preventing tooth decay. While sealants are normally used on children, they can also help adults who want to maintain a cavity-free smile. When cleaned and cared for properly at home, dental sealants can last for a number of years so if you are interested in learning more about keeping your or your children's teeth healthy, contact our practice in The Woodlands, TX today.
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Best Candidates for Mouth Guards
Young children and teenagers tend to get cavities more often than adults on the back of their teeth, including their molars and premolars. These back teeth have "pits" where harmful plaque and food particles will gather to form cavities. Sometimes these areas are hard to clean using normal brushing and flossing techniques. Instead, dental sealants fill these grooves in the teeth to block out harmful bacteria. While anyone could be a potential candidate for dental sealants, it's most typically used for children between the ages of 6 – 12, whose teeth have fully erupted and are cavity-free.
What to Expect with Dental Sealants
Before the treatment, Made Ya Smile Dental will give your child a comprehensive examination to determine if they have any current dental issues, such as cavities or tooth decay. If they are cleared for treatment, we can place the sealants the same day or schedule to place them at a later date. First, we clean the surfaces of the teeth with a paste and liquid to ensure the sealants adhere correctly. Then, our practitioners rinse and dry the teeth before they place the dental sealant in the grooves of the teeth. The sealants are hardened with a special tool in about 20 – 30 seconds, then Made Ya Smile Dental will check to ensure the upper and lower teeth still fit together comfortably.
Dental Sealants Follow-Up
Receiving dental sealants is a simple but effective procedure at our state-of-the-art clinic. After the appointment, your child may return to their daily activities, but you will need to make sure they follow several instructions after the sealant has been placed. First, avoid foods that are sticky or hard to chew for the first few days after the treatment. Our practitioners also recommend avoiding candy, gum, or chewing on ice while the sealants are in place. Remember to keep up with their dental health with daily brushing and flossing to keep their smile healthy. During your child's annual exams and cleanings, our team will check the sealants to make sure they don't need to be replaced.
Dental Sealants Insurance Coverage
Preventive procedures, such as dental sealants, are nearly always covered by a dental health insurance plan. Before we begin the treatment at our The Woodlands, TX location, our staff will review your plan and understand what is covered and what needs to be paid out-of-pocket. Because we want your family to have access to the best preventive care, we accept many forms of payment, as well as financing through a third-party provider, CareCredit®.
Parents who want their children to avoid cavities in the future can do so with dental sealants by Made Ya Smile Dental in The Woodlands, TX. Sealants can keep a child's teeth healthy by minimizing the risk of cavities and tooth decay since they protect the chewing surfaces of teeth. This also lessens the need for crowns, fillings, and other types of costly restorations when they become adults. Our experienced practitioners are able to provide a comfortable environment for young children during this simple and effective procedure. Contact us to learn if a member of your family can get dental sealants.