At Plano Family Dental, we do everything we can to help your child avoid cavities, or “sugar bugs” as we sometimes call them with our littlest patients. Tooth decay is a big concern with kids because they’re still learning the best way to brush and floss their teeth, and they often love digging in to sweet treats. One of the ways we can safeguard against cavities is with dental sealants. If you have any questions, please contact us at (972) 867-5090.
What Is a Sealant?
A dental sealant is a thin, protective coating that we apply to the back teeth (the ones used for chewing and usually the hardest to clean thoroughly). They are generally clear or white in color. Like their name suggests, a dental sealant effectively “seals out” tooth decay so it doesn’t settle in those little crevices on top of the molars and lead to cavities.
Both adults and children can benefit from sealants. Many dentists recommend that kids get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as they come in. Children without sealants are more likely to get cavities.
About the Dental Sealant Procedure
Getting a dental sealant is quick and painless:
- We will clean and dry the tooth to be treated.
- We’ll apply a bonding gel to help the sealant attach to the tooth.
- We’ll rinse off the gel, apply the sealant, and harden the coating with a special light.
Dental sealants are meant to last for several years. We’ll check their condition during routine check-ups, and we can reapply them as necessary.
Are Dental Sealants Safe?
Yes! Dental sealants are a safe and effective preventive treatment option. At Plano Family Dental, your child’s health and safety are our top priorities, and we would never do anything to put that in jeopardy. We are proud to provide BPA-free protective sealants to ensure that your child isn’t exposed to any harmful toxins.
Can Sealants Be Placed Over Cavities?
Sealants can be used over areas of early decay to prevent further damage to your tooth. Because some sealants are clear, your dentist can keep an eye on the tooth to make sure the sealant is doing its job.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
Sealants will often last for several years before they need to be reapplied. During your regular dental visit, your dentist will check the condition of the sealant and can reapply them as needed.
Do Dental Plans Cover Sealants?
Some plans do cover sealants, so call your dental benefit company to find out what kind of coverage you have.
Contact Our Experts For Dental Care
Plano Family Dental’s is open to new patients and families from all over the DFW area! Most of our amazing patients from Richardson, Plano, Parker, Murphy and Allen can attest to personalized service and world-class care. Please reach out to us today if you are in need of regular and deep cleanings, gum therapy or even have a question please call Plano Family Dental at (972) 867-5090 today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Varun Joseph.