The Benefits of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are a simple preventive dentistry procedure that protects the back teeth against tooth decay (cavities). Molar and premolar teeth naturally have deeper pits and grooves in which plaque, food, and bacteria can easily collect. Sealants are a tooth-colored or white material that fills these fissures to minimize the chance of cavity formation. Though dental sealants are often part of children's dental health services, teens and adults in the Cranston and Warwick, RI areas may also benefit from this preventive service. Sealants can not only improve your oral hygiene and lower the risk of dental cavities, but they may also lower your risk of future treatment needs and more expensive dental care. During your dental check-up visits at Cranston Dental Group, our skilled practitioners can help you decide whether dental sealants are right for your family.
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Who Is a Candidate for Sealants?
Children are often the best candidates for sealants, as patients in this age group may be at a higher risk for dental cavities. Our kid-friendly dental practice in Cranston, RI often recommends placing dental sealants on permanent teeth for young children, as well as for some teens or adults who may not have the best oral hygiene habits. Sealants should only be placed on molar and premolar teeth that have no signs of tooth decay or any existing dental fillings (or other restorations). Applying dental sealants is a fast, simple procedure that typically requires no sedation or anesthesia, which makes it an easy option for patients of any age.
The Treatment Process
During your family's dental exams, a member of our team will first examine each patient's teeth to determine whether sealants are a good treatment option. Prior to the actual application, we will clean and polish the chewing surfaces to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar. A thin white or clear sealant liquid will then be brushed into the chewing surfaces and cured (hardened) to the tooth using a special light. For added convenience, multiple teeth may be treated for sealants within one visit. After the sealants are in place, our team will ensure that the dental sealants have settled correctly and will check your child's bite for comfort.
Caring for Dental Sealants
After the appointment, your child should be able to resume their regular daily routine. However, it is best to avoid eating sticky, crunchy, or hard foods over the next few days. While sealants can reduce the risk of dental cavities, it's still important to follow a regular oral hygiene plan, including brushing three times each day and flossing daily. With proper care, sealants may last for several years. We will monitor your child's dental health during each of their visits at Cranston Dental Group and will let you know if sealants need to be reapplied over the years.
Insurance Coverage for Preventive Services
Dental sealants are a preventive dentistry treatment and a common pediatric dental service. While many dental insurance providers offer coverage for children, benefits for teens and adults may vary among plans. Our insurance specialist will determine your exact coverage by calling your insurance company and then calculating any personal cost. Cranston Dental Group proudly accepts a wide range of convenient payment options to help your family get the care you need without financial concern.
Protect Your Child's Smile With Sealants
Dental sealants are a convenient, comfortable treatment option that can minimize the occurrence of dental cavities. As a common preventive dental treatment for Cranston and Warwick, RI patients, sealants can help your family experience easier dental visits, improved overall oral health, and possibly avoid the need for more extensive procedures. Speak with our kid-friendly dentists at Cranston Dental Group to learn more about protecting your child's smile with sealants.