Sealants are a simple and secure way to protect from tooth decay and cavities in a way that brushing your teeth cannot. Sealants are a thin, flexible plastic material that can be put on the top of your back teeth (molars and premolars). Once they're placed, sealants block bacteria, tartar, plaque, 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 at your annual dental visits at Merritt Island Center for Dentistry. Talk to Dieter Burr, D.M.D. during your appointment in our Merritt Island, FL office to help you decide if dental sealants are right for your family.
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Best Candidates for Dental Sealants
An ideal candidate for sealants would be anyone who is prone to developing cavities or tooth decay. In many cases, dental sealants are suggested for young children and teenagers who may have a more difficult time maintaining regular teeth brushing habits. Sealant application is a simple, fast treatment that typically doesn't need sedation or anesthesia, making it a great procedure for patients of any age.
What to Expect
During your consult, Dr. Burr will first examine your teeth to decide if dental sealants are the right treatment for you. Before the application, we will clean your teeth to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria. Next, Dr. Burr will apply the sealant with a small brush and set the material using a light. After the application is set, Dr. Burr will check if your dental sealant has settled correctly.
After your procedure, you will be free to resume your normal routine. It's important for you to develop a good oral hygiene plan, including brushing your teeth two times a day, using mouthwash, and flossing. You should try to avoid putting heavy pressure on your back teeth or consuming foods that are sticky. With proper care, dental sealants may be long-lasting, but at your annual examination at Merritt Island Center for Dentistry, Dr. Burr will decide if the sealants should be applied again.
Dental sealants are a preventive treatment and many insurance companies pay for some or all of the cost in younger patients. Coverage can vary, particularly in adults, so our office will figure out your exact coverage by contacting your insurance company and then letting your know your out-of-pocket costs. Merritt Island Center for Dentistry takes many different methods of payment and we can assist you with finding medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Protect and Prevent
You or your family can benefit from sealants to maintain general dental health. They are a great way to avoid more extensive procedures, such as fillings for cavities. A relatively quick and easy procedure, dental sealants can help your family have easier dental exams and overall oral health. To get more information about sealants, contact our Merritt Island, FL office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Burr.