Dental sealants are an easy treatment to protect your teeth from decay and cavities. They are thin, flexible plastic coatings that can be put on the tops of your back teeth (molars and premolars). Once they're placed, sealants block bacteria, plaque, tartar, and food particles to protect from several problems, such as cavities. Dental sealants may stay on for many years with proper care, including a regular oral hygiene routine at home. They not only maintain the health of your mouth and lower the risk of dental cavities, but they may also save you from expensive treatments at your annual dental exam at Newton Centre Dental. Talk to our dental team at your exam in our Newton, MA office to help you decide if dental sealants are a good choice for you and your family.
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Best Candidates for Dental Sealants
Good candidates for sealants are patients who are prone to developing cavities or tooth decay. In many cases, dental sealants are suggested for younger children and teens who may not have a regular oral hygiene routine. The application of dental sealants is a simple, fast treatment that generally doesn't need sedation or anesthesia, making it a great procedure for all ages.
What to Expect
At your consult, we will first examine your teeth to decide if dental sealants are right for you. Before the application, we will clean your teeth to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria. Next, we will brush on the sealant and set the material using a light. After the application is set, we will check if your dental sealant is in the correct position.
After your treatment, you will be free to resume your day. It's important for you to develop a good home oral care plan, including brushing your teeth two times every day, along with mouthwash and flossing. You should try to avoid putting heavy pressure on your back teeth or consuming foods that are sticky. With good care, dental sealants may last for years. At your dental examination at Newton Centre Dental, we will decide if your dental sealants should be applied again.
Dental sealants are a preventive treatment and many dental insurance companies pay for some of the cost in children. Coverage can vary, particularly in adults so we will figure out your coverage by calling your insurance company and then letting you know your costs. Newton Centre Dental takes many methods of payment and we can assist you with low-interest medical financing.
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 to avoid more extensive procedures, such as cavity fillings. A relatively easy and quick procedure, dental sealants can help your family experience easier dental exams and improved overall health. To get more information about sealants, contact our Newton, MA office to schedule an appointment.