Administering dental sealants is a simple process that can ultimately protect your teeth from cavities and decay. Sealants are thin, flexible plastic coatings that can be put on the tops of your back teeth (molars and premolars). Once they're placed, sealants block food particles, bacteria, plaque, and tartar from building up in the area to further prevent several dental issues, including cavities. Dental sealants may stay on for a long time if properly cared for with a good 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 expensive treatments in the long run. During your annual dental examination at Finest City Dental, talk to general dentist Dr. Nick Dovey and ask about dental sealants for you or your child. A member of our San Diego, CA office can help you decide if dental sealants could be a good option for your family.
The best candidates for sealants are patients who are prone to developing cavities or tooth decay. In many cases, dental sealants are suggested for children and some teens who may not have a good oral hygiene routine. Dental sealant application is a simple, fast treatment that usually doesn't require sedation or anesthesia, making it a great procedure for all patients.
What to Expect
During your consultation, Dr. Dovey will first examine your mouth to decide if dental sealants are a good treatment for you. Before the application, we will clean your teeth to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Next, Dr. Dovey will use a brush to apply the sealant and set the material using a light. After the application is set, Dr. Dovey will check if your dental sealant has settled into the correct position.
After your appointment, you will be free to resume your normal activities. It's important for you to develop a good oral care routine, which includes brushing your teeth two times each day, flossing, and using mouthwash. To preserve your sealants, you should try to avoid putting heavy pressure on your back teeth or consuming foods that are sticky. With ideal care, dental sealants can last for many years. During your annual dental examination at Finest City Dental, Dr. Dovey will decide if your sealants should be applied again.
Dental sealants are a preventive treatment and many dental insurances pay for part of the costs for patients under a certain age. Coverage can vary, particularly in adults, so a team member will figure out your coverage by talking to your insurance company. From there, they will let you know your total amount owed. Finest City Dental accepts several methods of payment, and we can assist you in finding low-interest financing for certain medical treatments.
You or your child could benefit from sealants to maintain the quality of your overall oral health. Sealants are a great treatment option if you wish to avoid more extensive procedures in the future, such as fillings and crowns. A quick and easy procedure, dental sealants can help your family experience easier dental exams and improved general health. To get more information about sealants, contact our San Diego, CA office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dovey.