What Are Dental Sealants?
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.
"I went to Made Ya Smile as my new dentist after moving to Conroe and it was such a great option I will definitely be staying! The staff is so nice and helpful, especially their manager Tracy she was so helpful with getting me rescheduled and was so nice while I was waiting and checking out."- K.A. / Google / Oct 23, 2021
"Great experience from start to finish!"- R.M. / Google / Oct 22, 2021
"If you’re looking for a great office this is it! The ladies upfront were very welcoming and answered all my questions regarding treatment. Jeannette, the assistant and Devyn the hygienist were awesome! They have changed my view on visiting the dentist office! Dr. Mannino was great and very down to earth as well!"- R.W. / Google / Oct 22, 2021
"Made Ya Smile The Woodlands by far the best dental office you could go to. I have been going here for 5 years now. Front desk always greets you with lots of excitement. Dr Maninno is GREAT and always makes me feel at ease with his great personality! He makes me feel welcomed at every visit. Devyn the hygienist was very thorough. Jeannette the assistant was great as well! If you are looking for a dentist.. this is the place to go!!! Highly recommend"- J.E. / Google / Oct 22, 2021
"I’ve been going to Made Ya Smile since I moved back to the Houston area for the last four years. The staff is great, Dr. Bonino is wonderful, and I will continue going as long as they are around. I’ve even referred my family. Another great visit today at Made Ya Smile. I would highly recommend this place if you have an aversion to having your mouth worked on. I know the feeling, but everyone here is gentle and listens to you and the patient. Thank you to Dr. Menino and his staff."- A.H. / Google / Oct 20, 2021
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Sealants?
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.
How Are Dental Sealants Placed?
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.
Caring for Dental Sealants
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.
Are Sealants Covered by Dental Insurance?
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®.
Protect Against Tooth Decay
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.