Protect Your Teeth From Cavities
According to the Center for Disease Control, over half of children aged six to nine have had a cavity in their baby teeth and about 90 percent of adults aged 20 and older have had at least one cavity. Cavities are highly common and if left untreated, can lead to more serious oral health issues such as pain and infection.
At Laser Smile Center, we believe one of the best ways to deal with cavities is to prevent them from occurring. That’s why we offer dental sealants to our patients. Read on to see if dental sealants may be the solution for you.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted on to the back teeth (molars). Your molars are the most vulnerable to cavities because of the depth and unique shape of the grooves. These spaces are often hard to clean properly with a toothbrush. By coating these teeth in sealants, we can help prevent tooth decay from setting in.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
- Prevent cavities
- Painless, non-invasive application
- Can prevent up to 80 percent of cavities in the first two years
- Can last for nine years after application
- Prevents the need for more expensive, invasive treatments such as fillings
The Dental Sealant Process
Before you can have sealants applied, you’ll undergo a consultation with Dr. Rangel. He’ll examine your teeth to determine your level of oral health and decide if sealants are a good idea for you. If you already have cavities, you may not qualify for sealants. However, Dr. Rangel will be sure to let you know about all of your options so you can make an informed decision that’s beneficial to your health.
Once you and Dr. Rangel have both decided that sealants are a good treatment option, we’ll thoroughly clean your teeth so the sealants adhere to the enamel better and no food particles are trapped by the sealants.
Dental Sealant Application
Once your teeth are clean, we’ll apply the sealant by painting them on to your back molars. The process is quick and painless, requiring no anesthetic or sedation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental sealants are usually made of medical grade liquid plastic and/or glass polymer.
While children are usually the most in need of dental sealants due to their developing structures and their lack of knowledge on how to properly clean their teeth, adults can benefit from them as well.
Your dental sealants should set in a minute or two, so you won’t have to wait to eat after they’re applied. However, after getting your sealants, we recommend limiting your consumption of foods that are:
These foods often wear down the sealant, making them more prone to chipping and falling off.
Dental sealants are preventive treatment, so they’re usually covered by insurance. However, costs can vary based on factors such as how many teeth you need sealants for. Be sure to call your provider beforehand and ask them what costs they can cover. Even without insurance, dental sealants are very affordable, but we also offer financing options to help make your treatment even more affordable.
Prevent Cavities With Dental Sealants at Laser Smile Center
Prevention of cavities is better for your health and your wallet than treating them, which is why Dr. Rangel encourages his patients to protect their teeth with sealants. To learn how you can help prevent tooth decay with dental sealants, call Laser Smile Center of Odessa by dialing (432) 333-6169 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Rangel. You can also fill out our contact form, and a friendly team member will get back to you shortly.
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