What Is a Dental Sealant?
Sealants are an easy treatment to help protect your teeth from tooth decay. Sealants are thin, flexible plastic coatings that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars). Once placed, sealants block bacteria, food particles, plaque, and tartar to help protect these teeth from developing cavities. With proper care and a regular oral hygiene routine at home, dental sealants may stay in place for several years. Dental sealants not only maintain the health of your teeth and lower the risk of dental cavities, but they may also help minimize the need for future, more expensive treatments. Talk to our team of board-certified dentists during your initial exam at West Bridgewater Dental to help you determine if dental sealants are a good choice for your family.
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Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Sealants?
Good candidates for sealants are patients who are prone to developing tooth decay. In many cases, dental sealants are suggested for younger children and teens to help minimize the risk of cavities during childhood years. The application of dental sealants is a simple, fast treatment that generally doesn't require sedation or anesthesia, making it a comfortable procedure for patients of all ages.
How Are Sealants Applied to the Teeth?
At your consult, our dentists will first examine the teeth to decide if dental sealants are right for you or your child. Before the application, we will clean your teeth to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Next, our team will brush on the sealant and set the material using a special curing light. After the sealants are set, our doctors will check your bite for comfort.
What to Expect After Dental Sealants Are Placed
Following your treatment, you'll be free to resume your regular daily routine. It's important for you or your child to develop a good home oral care plan, including brushing your teeth at least two times every day and flossing daily. You should try to avoid putting heavy pressure on your back teeth or consuming foods that are sticky or crunchy for the first few days following sealant placement. With good care, dental sealants may last for years. During your next dental examination at West Bridgewater Dental, our doctors will decide if your dental sealants should be applied again.
Does insurance cover dental sealants for kids and adults?
Dental sealants are a preventive treatment and many dental insurance companies cover some of the costs in children. Coverage can vary, particularly in adults. Our team will determine your coverage by calling your insurance company and then letting you know your treatment costs. West Bridgewater Dental accepts several methods of payment. We'll also be happy to assist you with low-interest medical financing.
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Reduce the Chance of Tooth Decay
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 in helping to avoid more extensive procedures, such as fillings or crowns. A relatively easy and quick treatment, dental sealants can help your family experience easier dental exams and improved overall health. To get more information about sealants, contact our West Bridgewater, MA office and schedule an appointment with our talented, caring team.