What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a preventive dentistry service offered at ACE Dental of Temple to help protect your family's oral health from tooth decay (cavities). Made of a clear or tooth-colored material, sealants are painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to coat the naturally occurring pits and fissures, which are typically more susceptible to decay. This creates a smoother surface that is easier to keep clean and helps prevent food, plaque, and bacteria from collecting in these areas. By reducing the risk of cavities and helping your family maintain better oral hygiene, this preventive dental service may also save you and your loved ones from needing more expensive dental treatments over time. During dental visits at our Temple, TX practice, our general dentists can help you decide if sealants are a good option for you and your family members.
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Who Is a good Candidate for Sealants?
Sealants are commonly placed on molar and premolar teeth for kids ages 6 – 12. In some instances, we may also recommend sealants for teens or adults who may be at a greater risk for developing cavities. The grooved surfaces of the back teeth are havens for bacterial plaque and food particles, which may generate the ideal environment for decay to form. By filling in and smoothing out these surfaces, sealants help protect the teeth and may make toothbrushing more effective. Since sealants are a quick, easy process that typically needs no anesthetic, dental sealants may be a good treatment option for many patients.
how are sealants applied?
When you or your child visits ACE Dental of Temple for a dental cleaning and exam, one of our dentists will evaluate the teeth and let you know if sealants are a good choice. Prior to sealant placement, the teeth will be cleaned to eliminate any bacteria, plaque, or tartar. We will then thoroughly dry the chewing surfaces and brush on a white or clear sealant material, coating the grooves in the tooth. A curing light will be used to set (harden) each sealant in place. After ensuring that these coatings have settled properly, our team will provide instructions on how to care for dental sealants.
what should i expect after Dental Sealants are placed?
You or your family member will be able to return to a normal daily routine following sealant placement. However, we do recommend that you avoid eating crunchy or sticky foods over the next few days to give the sealants a chance to fully settle in. Sealants can be cared for with good home care, including brushing and flossing each day, which can help them last for several years. When you or your child visits our Temple, TX practice for routine dental exams, we will check the condition of the sealants and let you know if they should be reapplied over time.
Are Sealants Covered by dental Insurance?
Dental sealants are commonly covered by most dental insurance policies for patients up to a certain age. To learn about your benefits, we will review your plan and then inform you of any anticipated costs. At ACE Dental of Temple, we want you and your loved ones to enjoy the benefits of good oral health and strive to make your care as affordable as possible. Talk with our team to learn about low-interest financing and other budget-friendly payment options we accept.
Reduce Your Family's Risk of Cavities
Dental sealants from ACE Dental of Temple are a preventive dentistry service that can help protect your family's smiles from tooth decay. Lessening the risk of cavities with sealants may also save you from needing fillings or other dental restorations in the future. Schedule a visit for you and your loved ones at our Temple, TX practice, and learn if sealants can help protect the health of your smiles!
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