About Dental Sealants
The back teeth are full of tiny nooks and crannies that are great places for plaque, bacteria, and tartar to hide in that may be hard to remove with daily tooth brushing. To protect the vulnerable molars and premolars, Dr. Karuna Peravali, a family and cosmetic dentist in McKinney, TX applies dental sealants to the chewing (occlusal) surface of the back teeth at White Lotus Dental in North Texas. The transparent sealant material is brushed onto the teeth and hardened with a special light to form an invisible barrier against food particles, plaque, bacteria, and tartar. Along with a good home oral care regimen and regular dental cleanings and exams at White Lotus Dental, patients with dental sealants can avoid cavities and tooth decay.
What to Expect
Getting sealants is a fast, easy process that can usually be done without any anesthesia or sedation. Before the sealants are applied, the patient's teeth will be cleaned and polished to prevent plaque, tartar, and bacteria from being sealed into the tooth. Next, the tooth will be gently etched where the sealant will be placed, then rinsed, and dried. Once the tooth is prepped, clean, and dry, the dentist will brush on the dental sealant and use a special light for about 30 second to set the sealant. After all the sealant has been applied and cured, the dentist will check the sealant to ensure the patient has full coverage and the sealant is hardened.
With proper care, including good home oral care and regular check ups at the dentist, sealants can last up to 10 years. The dentist will check the integrity and wear of the sealants at every dental exam and let the patient know when it is time for the sealants to be re-applied. Patients should continue to brush their teeth at least twice a day, as well as protecting the sealants by avoiding stress on the teeth (grinding the teeth, using the teeth to open packages, etc.) While sealants are best for young children and teenagers, some adults may continue to get sealants if they are prone to cavities.
Insurance companies usually cover the cost of dental sealants for children and teenagers, but some cover adults as well. Our front office will contact your insurance company to get the details of your coverage. If your insurance does not cover your sealants, our office does have payment plans and the cost of sealants is generally less than a filling or other repair.
Plan Your Procedure
Children, teenagers, and adults can all benefit from the protection of dental sealants on their back teeth with a fast, easy procedure. To avoid cavities and tooth decay, dental sealants can be a great option for patients who want better dental exams. Although they can't be seen or felt, dental sealants combined with home oral care can give you a better, healthier smile.