About Dental Sealants
Sealants are an easy way to protect your teeth from tooth decay and cavities. 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 plaque, tartar, bacteria, and food particles to prevent several dental problems, like cavities. Dental sealants may stay on for years if they are cared for properly with an effective oral hygiene routine at home. Not only can sealants maintain the health of your mouth and lower the risk of dental cavities, but they may also save you from expensive treatments due to more advanced issues that can arise. At White Lotus Dental in McKinney, TX, Dr. Karuna Peravali offers dental sealants for patients of varying ages. If she feels sealants will help you, she will discuss them in detail at your appointment. In addition, be sure to talk to Dr. Peravali or a member of our dental team to help you decide if dental sealants are right for you or your family.
Ideal candidates for dental sealants would be anyone who is prone to getting cavities, has a history of developing tooth decay, or has other oral diseases. Most often, sealants are recommended for young children and teenagers who may have a more difficult time maintaining regular, good teeth brushing habits. Sealant application is a fast, simple treatment that typically requires no anesthesia or sedation, which makes it an easy procedure for patients of any age. Dental sealants can be an important part of a growing child's oral health. In fact, in recent years, the CDC has stated in their reports that dental sealants can prevent up to 80% of cavities for two years after they are applied. In addition, they can also protect the teeth from cavities by 50% for up to four years.
What to Expect
During your dental examination and treatment consultation, Dr. Peravali will first examine your teeth to decide if dental sealants are the right treatment for you. Before the application, we will clean and polish your teeth to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Next, Dr. Peravali will apply the sealant with a small brush and set the material using a special advanced dental light. After the application is set, Dr. Peravali will check if your dental sealants have settled correctly. Patients generally do not feel discomfort after a dental sealants treatment. They will, however, feel more assured in knowing their teeth are better protected.
Following a dental sealants procedure, patients can return to their normal routine. It is important that you follow a regular oral hygiene plan, including brushing twice a day, using mouthwash, and flossing. You should also avoid putting pressure on your teeth or eating sticky foods. With proper care, sealants can be long-lasting. On average, dental sealants can last for about 10 years. During your annual exam at White Lotus Dental, Dr. Peravali will determine if the sealants need to be reapplied. If they are chipped or worn away, the sealants can be repaired by adding additional sealant material.
Sealants are a preventive procedure and most insurance companies cover some or all of the cost for younger patients. Coverage will vary, especially in older patients so our office will determine your exact coverage by contacting your insurance. White Lotus Dental understands the importance of having the best oral care so you can maintain strong and healthy teeth year-round. Therefore, our McKinney, TX dental office accepts many different payment methods and we can help you with medical financing if needed.
Plan Your Procedure
Delay Tooth Decay
Brushing and flossing your teeth is important, but getting dental sealants from your family dentist may be the best way to prevent you or your kids from getting cavities. Your family can benefit from dental sealants to protect the teeth. They are a great way to prevent future dental procedures, like fillings for cavities. A relatively quick and easy procedure, sealants can help you and your family experience better dental visits and improved overall oral health. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants, contact our McKinney, TX dental office to book a consultation with Dr. Karuna Peravali.