About Dental Sealants
Recesses in the top of the premolars and molars usually hold onto more germs and buildup, meaning they are more vulnerable to developing decay. Dental sealants, a routine aspect of preventive dentistry, are applied to protect the molars from cavities caused by decay. These thin defensive coatings are composed of a clear or white material that is applied to the occlusive surfaces of the back teeth. Once bonded, sealants work to protect these teeth and produce a smoother surface that is easier to clean. Dental sealants provided at DentalWorks - Hyperlingo don't just help prevent tooth decay; they can also lessen your children's needs for tooth-colored fillings or other corrective care in the future. Speak with Dr. Dentist Two at your biannual dental visits at our City, ST office to find out if you or your child might benefit from sealants.
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Who Is a Candidate for Sealants?
Youths between the ages of 6 – 12 tend to be the most likely to develop decay on the chewing surfaces of their molars and premolars and, therefore, are great candidates for dental sealants. In addition, those older than 12 could also be candidates for sealants, such as patients who have a hard time being diligent about good oral hygiene practices or who are prone to tooth decay. At DentalWorks - Hyperlingo, obtaining dental sealants is a quick, easy treatment that generally requires no sedation. Set up a visit, and a member of our dental staff can talk with you or your child to determine if you might qualify for this simple and efficient service.
What Is the Sealant Process?
Before beginning, will have to examine the teeth to find out if dental sealants would be the ideal service for you or your children. To prepare your mouth for sealants, we will clean the teeth to eradicate any buildup, food particles, and bacteria from the chewing surfaces. The dried, and a fine coat of sealant liquid is then applied precisely into the fissures with a small brush. A special curing light is then placed over the tooth; this will harden the sealant covering in approximately 10 – 20 seconds. Once each of the sealants is in position, our team will examine your chewing surfaces for alignment and provide you with tips on how to efficiently take care of your sealants.
Caring for Dental Sealants
your dental sealant session, you or your child should be able to get back to your daily activities. Over the subsequent days, it is critical to hold off on eating tacky or hard foods to help keep the dental sealants from chipping as they harden into your teeth. also recommends people to keep up with a proper dental hygiene routine, such as flossing and brushing your teeth at least twice a day. If taken care of correctly, dental sealants could stay in good shape for a number of years. Our professionals at DentalWorks - Hyperlingo will assess your teeth during routine dental assessments and inform you when the sealants could be redone.
Will Insurance Cover Dental Sealants?
Given that sealants are usually considered a preventive dentistry procedure, several dental insurance programs cover them for people up to a specific age. Coverage can vary between adolescents and adults, so our billing staff will evaluate your plan and inform you of your remaining costs. DentalWorks - Hyperlingo accepts several payment options to help make necessary dental care more accessible and affordable for you and your family.
FAQ ABOUT DENTAL SEALANTS
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are thin coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) that help to prevent cavities.
Is a dental sealant a better option than a filling?
Sealants are a quick and painless way to prevent cavities. A tooth without a cavity is healthier and stronger than a tooth that has a filling or an untreated cavity. Sealants are less expensive and easier to apply than a filling.
When should children get dental sealants?
Sealants prevent the most cavities when applied soon after permanent molars come in. This is usually around age 6 for the first molars and age 12 for the second molars.
Do dental sealants hurt?
Getting a sealant is easy and does not hurt. The tooth is cleaned, rinsed, and dried. Next, the dental sealant is painted on the tooth. The dentist may shine a light on the tooth to help harden the sealant to form a protective shield.
How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants have shown to still work approximately nine years after placement. However, sometimes they do fall off. If a tooth loses a sealant, the protective shield is gone and the tooth can get a cavity. That is why it is important to maintain regular dental appointments so they can be checked. The good news is that missing sealants are easy to replace.
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Protect Teeth From Tooth Decay
Prevent cavities and your family enjoy glowing, healthy smiles for years to come. Sealants are an effective, easy, uncomplicated treatment at DentalWorks - Hyperlingo that could also decrease the likelihood of future oral treatments and allow for better oral wellness. Determine if dental sealants are good for you or your kids by booking a visit with at our City, ST facility!
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