Dental sealants are an easy treatment used to guard against cavities and decay beyond daily care, like flossing at home. They are a slim, pliable material that is applied to the tops of the back teeth (premolars and molars). After they are positioned, dental sealants block out food particles, bacteria, plaque, and tartar to further prevent many dental issues, including cavities. Sealants can last a long time if properly cared for with a good home oral hygiene routine. Sealants not only improve your oral hygiene and prevent cavities, but they can also save money at future dental examinations at People's Dental. Talk to our dental team during your examination in our Springfield, MA office to decide if sealants are needed for you or your child.
Best Candidates for Dental Sealants
The best candidates for dental sealants would be anyone who is prone to getting cavities or oral diseases. Most often, sealants are recommended for children and some teens who may have a more difficult time maintaining a good oral hygiene routine. Dental sealant application is a fast, simple treatment that usually requires no anesthesia or sedation, which makes it an easy procedure for all patients.
What to Expect
At your consultation, our team will first need to assess your teeth to determine if sealants are a good treatment for you. Prior to the actual application, your teeth will be cleaned and polished to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria. Then we will use a brush to apply the sealant and set it with a special light. After the application, we will ensure that the sealant has settled into the correct position.
Following the appointment, you should be able to return to your normal activities. It is important that you follow a regular oral care routine, including brushing twice each day, flossing, and mouthwash. You should also avoid putting pressure on your teeth or eating sticky foods. With ideal care, sealants can last for many years. During your annual dental exam at People's Dental, a dental team member will determine if your sealants need to be re-applied.
Sealants are a preventive procedure and most dental insurances cover part of the cost for patients under a certain age. Coverage will vary, especially in older patients, so a team member will determine your coverage by talking to your insurance and then calculating your personal cost. People's Dental accepts several payment methods and we can help you with low-interest financing for medical treatments if needed.
You or your child may benefit from dental sealants to protect the teeth. Sealants are a great treatment to prevent future dental procedures, like fillings and crowns. A quick and easy procedure, sealants can help you and your family experience better dental visits and improved general health. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants, contact our Springfield, MA office to book a consultation.