The Benefits of Dental Sealants
Sealants are a preventive dentistry service offered at Byers Station Dental to help keep cavities (tooth decay) from forming. Made of a thin white or tooth-colored material, dental sealants are applied to the tops of the back teeth to coat the deeper grooves that naturally occur in these areas. Once in place, sealants help block out food particles, bacteria, and plaque, lessening the risk of tooth decay while also creating a smoother surface that is easier to clean. Dental sealants not only help prevent cavities, but they may also save your family from needing fillings or other restorative procedures in the future. Talk to our general dentists when you visit our Chester Springs, PA office to help you decide if sealants are ideal for your family.
Who Is a Candidate for Sealants?
Our dentists often recommend placing dental sealants on the permanent molars of children, which usually erupt between the ages of 6 – 12. These teeth tend to have a higher rate of decay and often benefit from the protection of sealants. Dental sealants may also be suggested to protect baby molars, in some instances. Teens and adults who are more prone to getting cavities may also be good candidates for sealants. The application of dental sealants is a simple, fast treatment that typically requires no anesthesia or sedation, making it a comfortable preventive procedure for all ages.
What Is the Treatment Process?
During your family's dental exam visits, our dentists will examine the teeth to decide if sealants are the right treatment for you or your child. Before the actual application, we will clean the teeth to remove any plaque, bacteria, or tartar. The teeth will then be dried with air and a clear or white sealant will be brushed onto the chewing surfaces. A curing light will then be used to harden the sealant, allowing it to adhere to the tooth's surface. At the end of the application process, we will check if the dental sealants have settled into the correct position and make any necessary adjustments for an even bite.
Caring for Dental Sealants
After the procedure, you or your family member will be able to return to normal daily activities. Instructions on caring for dental sealants will be provided by our team, but it is important to avoid eating sticky or hard foods for the next few days. It is also essential to follow a good home oral care plan, including brushing at least twice each day and flossing daily. During your family's routine dental exam visits at Byers Station Dental, our dentists will determine if the dental sealants should be reapplied or touched up as time goes by. With ideal care, dental sealants may offer several years of cavity protection.
Are Sealants Covered by Insurance?
As a preventive dentistry treatment, dental sealants are often covered by many dental insurance plans, especially for children. Since coverage can vary for teens and adults, our billing specialist will review your plan and let you know of any out-of-pocket costs. Byers Station Dental accepts a wide range of payment methods and can help you select a convenient solution for meeting your family's needs.
Stop Tooth Decay With Preventive Care
Dental sealants are an effective preventive option for protecting teeth against tooth decay and reducing the need for future restorative care. A relatively easy and quick procedure, sealants from Byers Station Dental can help your family experience positive visits and improved overall oral health. To learn more about dental sealants, contact our Chester Springs, PA office and schedule a consultation with our dentists.