Think of sealants as raincoats for your teeth. Patients use sealants to protect teeth from decay and cavities. Made from thin, flexible, plastic coatings, our dentists place the sealants on the tops of your back teeth (molars and premolars). After they are positioned, sealants block out tartar, plaque, bacteria, and food particles to help prevent many dental issues, including cavities. Sealants are an excellent proactive option for patients who struggle with at-home preventive care. Dental sealants may stay on for years if patients practice good oral hygiene. Not only can sealants improve the health of your mouth and prevent dental cavities, but they can also save money at future dental examinations with Dental Express. During your dental examination, talk to one of our dentists about sealants. For additional information, call one of our San Diego, CA offices and schedule an appointment.
Dental Sealants Reviews
"My Grandson has autism, he is 7. He is treatment with kindness,respect and much patience. They remember his love of dinosaurs and have a ready supply on hand. Although at this time getting a full mouth x-ray accomplished they do a through out check up and sealant. Much love and appreciation . See you in May"- T.W. / Yelp / Oct 25, 2017
"My Grandson has autism, he is 7. He is treatment with kindness,respect and much patience. They remember his love of dinosaurs and have a ready supply on hand. Although at this time getting a full mouth x-ray accomplished they do a through out check up and sealant. Much love and appreciation .See you in May"- T.W. / Yelp / Oct 25, 2017
Best Candidates for Dental Sealants
Patients who experience a lot of issues with cavities are the best candidates for sealants. In many cases, dentists may recommend sealants for young children and teens who have a difficult time maintaining good oral habits. At a young age, Sealants help prevent cavities and tooth decay onset. As you age, sealants help preserve those hard-to-reach back teeth. The sealant makes brushing and rinsing away excess bacteria easy. Though generally suggested for those with genetic dispositions to cavities, sealants are a smart, preventive action for anyone looking to protect their teeth, and for those of you who are worried about dental procedures, they don't hurt to put on. The application of dental sealants is a fast, simple treatment that generally requires no sedation or anesthesia, making it an easy procedure for all ages.
What to Expect
At Dental Express, sealants are a routine procedure. During your consultation, our dentists will first examine your teeth to determine if sealants work best for you. Before the application, we will clean and polish your teeth to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria. Next, we will brush on the sealant and set it with a light. You will not feel the light or have any adverse reaction. There is no drilling or scraping during the sealant process. After the application, our dentists will ensure that the sealant has settled into the grooves in the correct position. Finally, your dentist will check your bite. We want to make sure that the sealant doesn't affect your natural alignment. Be honest with your dentist and they can adjust the sealant to feel most comfortable for you while providing the best protection for your teeth.
Once you go home, you will notice and feel that the sealant is there. It feels new. You may think you're biting into something. This is normal. After a few days, you should adjust and no longer notice them. Depending on your oral hygiene, sealants can last for years. Your dentist will monitor the structure of your sealant during your routine dental exams and may later suggest to reapply them.
After your appointment, you should be able to resume your day. Remember sealants are not a substitution for brushing and flossing. It is important for you to develop a regular home oral care plan, including brushing your teeth twice a day, using mouthwash, and flossing. You should try to avoid clenching your teeth or consuming sticky foods. With proper care, sealants can last for many years. At your annual exam with Dental Express, one of our dentists will decide if you need to reapply sealants.
If you have any follow up questions, don't hesitate to call our office, speak with a dental assistant, and get the answers you need. Our team strives to be available, informative and encouraging at all times. Dental Express exams and procedures are what brings clients in the door, but our concern and follow up is what keeps them coming back. Your satisfaction is our focus.
Because sealants are a preventive procedure, most dental insurance companies will cover a portion of the cost. After our dentist makes a recommendation, you will meet with a treatment planner who goes over your insurance breakdown. They will check to see if you have a "waiting period" or if you've reached your annual maximum. During your meeting with our Dental Express planner, ask questions, get to know your policy, and make sure you're using your benefits to your advantage. Since coverage can vary, particularly in adults, our team member will determine your coverage by talking to your insurance and then letting you know your out-of-pocket costs. At Dental Express we take full transparency and insurance education very seriously. We want to know that you feel comfortable, understand your decisions, and are saving as much money as possible. If we can't find an affordable solution with your dental insurance, Dental Express takes many different payment methods and if needed, we can assist you with low-interest financing for medical treatments. We want to provide the best dental care while saving you money at all costs.
You or your child could benefit from sealants to maintain general dental health. They are a great treatment to avoid extensive procedures, like fillings and crowns. As a quick and easy procedure option, sealants can help your family experience easier dental exams and improved overall health. If you would like to learn more about sealants, contact our San Diego, CA office to book an appointment with one of our expert dentists.
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