Our team at Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX believes that it's important to receive proper dental care from a young age. We take extra care to provide preventive measures for our younger patients whose jaw and teeth are still in development. Of the many treatments we offer children, dental sealants are among the most popular. Sealants are a thin, tooth-colored material that is used to fill in the crevices and fissures of the molars and premolars to block out harmful bacteria, food particles, plaque, and tartar. When cared for, your child's dental sealants can last for several years to protect the backmost teeth from developing cavities. Schedule an appointment at our premier Pearland, TX office to learn if dental sealants could improve your child's oral health.
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Any child or teen who has underdeveloped dental hygiene habits or is prone to cavities is an excellent candidate to receive dental sealants. Because the premolars and molars have deep grooves that can collect food particles, bacteria, and plaque, tooth decay can often form. Dental sealants work to prevent these potential cavities by "sealing" the pits and crevices, creating a smooth surface with fewer spots for food and plaque to build up. Typically, this simple dental treatment is performed for those ranging in age from 6 – 12 years of age. Our Pearland, TX team can only apply the sealant material to teeth that are healthy, free of cavities, and fully erupted, so it's better for your child to receive this kind of intervention early.
What to Expect
To begin your child's treatment, one of our dentists will carefully assess their teeth to determine if they are healthy enough for sealants. This is because sealants cannot be applied to teeth that already have cavities. Before we place the sealants onto the molars and premolars, we will clean the teeth with a special paste and liquid that will allow the thin material to bond to the teeth. Your child's teeth will then be rinsed and dried. From there, a member of our team will place the sealant material in the grooves and crevices of the back teeth. We will then use a special light to cure, or harden, the material. Once the treatment process is over, we will make sure that your child's bite is comfortable and provide you with instructions for after-care.
There is no necessary downtime or recovery associated with dental sealant treatment. This simple procedure is completed in one short office visit, and your child will be able to go about their normal routine once they are finished. We advise patients with dental sealants to avoid sticky or hard foods for the first few days afterward. It's important that your child develops a consistent, at-home dental health routine that includes daily brushing and flossing to maintain their oral wellness. Even though dental sealants help to prevent cavities on the molars and premolars, cavities could still form in the front teeth or in between teeth. Our team will continue to monitor the condition of your child's sealants during their annual exams and biannual cleanings to decide if they are in need of reapplication.
A preventive treatment, dental sealants are typically covered by insurance in children up to a certain age. A member of our team will get in touch with your provider to assess your benefits and to file your claim. If you have any out-of-pocket costs, you will be made aware of these prior to treatment. If you do not have insurance, our Pearland, TX office accepts a wide range of payments, including medical financing.
for extra protection
When it comes to your child's oral care, early prevention, detection, and treatment is often the key to maintaining a healthy smile for years to come. To prevent cavities from forming in the crevices and grooves of the molars and premolars, schedule an appointment at Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX to learn about dental sealants. This effective treatment can last for years and works to prevent tooth decay for children and teens where it most commonly occurs. If you think dental sealants could help your child, or if you would like to learn more about other preventive treatments we offer, call our office and speak with a member of our team.