Dental sealants are a simple way to guard against tooth decay and cavities. Sealants are thin, pliable plastic materials that can be applied to the tops of the back teeth (premolars and molars). After they are positioned, dental sealants protect against tartar, plaque, bacteria, and food particles to prevent many dental problems, such as cavities. Sealants can last years if they are cared for properly with an effective home oral hygiene routine. Not only can sealants improve your oral hygiene and prevent cavities, but they can also save money at future dental visits at Stone Lake Dental. Talk to our qualified team of dentists during your appointment at our Wichita Falls, TX office to decide if sealants are right for you or your child.
Ideal candidates for dental sealants would be anyone who is prone to getting tooth decay or cavities. Most often, sealants are recommended for young children and teenagers who may have a more difficult time maintaining regular teeth brushing habits. Sealant application is a fast, simple treatment that typically requires no anesthesia or sedation, which makes it an easy procedure for patients of any age.
What to Expect
During your consultation, our dentists will first need to assess your teeth to determine if sealants are the right treatment for you. Prior to the actual application, your teeth will be cleaned to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Then the sealant will be applied with a small brush and set it with a special light. After the application, your Stone Lake Dental dentist will ensure that the sealant has settled correctly.
Following the procedure, you should be able to return to your normal routine. It is important that you follow a regular oral hygiene routine, including brushing twice a day, using mouthwash, and flossing. You should also avoid putting pressure on your teeth or eating sticky foods. With proper care, sealants can be long-lasting. During your annual exam at Stone Lake Dental, we will determine if the sealants need to be reapplied.
Sealants are a preventive procedure and most insurance companies cover some or all of the cost for younger patients. Coverage will vary, especially in older patients so our office will determine your exact coverage by contacting your insurance and then calculating your out-of-pocket costs. Stone Lake Dental accepts many different payment methods and we can help you with medical financing if needed.
You or your family can benefit from dental sealants to protect the teeth. They are a great way to prevent future dental procedures, like fillings for cavities. A relatively quick and easy procedure, sealants can help you and your family experience better dental visits and improved overall oral health. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants, contact our Wichita Falls, TX office to book a consultation.