Dental Sealants Overview
Dr. Brett Cotham uses sealants as an easy treatment to protect your teeth from decay and cavities. Sealants are thin, flexible plastic coatings that can be placed over the tops of your back teeth (molars and premolars). Once they're placed, sealants block bacteria, plaque, tartar, and food particles to protect patients from issues, such as cavities. Sealants may stay on for many years with proper care, including a regular oral hygiene routine at home. Dental sealants not only maintain the health of your mouth and lower the risk of dental cavities, but they may also save you from more expensive treatments later on. Talk to a member of our friendly team at All About Smiles in our Rogers, AR office to help you decide if dental sealants are a good choice for you or 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 from Dental Sealants
At your consult, Dr. Cotham will examine your teeth to decide if dental sealants are the right choice for you. Before the application, we will clean your teeth to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Next, he will brush on the sealant and set the material using a light. After the application is set, Dr. Cotham will check if your dental sealant is in the correct position.
Follow-Up for Dental Sealants
After your treatment, you will be free to resume your regular day. It's important for you to develop a good oral hygiene routine at home, 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 All About Smiles, we will decide if your dental sealants should be applied again.
Insurance Coverage for Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are a preventive treatment, and many dental insurance companies pay for some of the costs in children. Coverage can vary, particularly in adults, so we will figure out your payment by calling your insurance company and then letting you know your costs. All About Smiles takes many methods of payment, and we can assist you with low-interest medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
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 Rogers, AR office to schedule an appointment today.