Dental sealants are a simple treatment to guard against decay and cavities. Sealants are thin, pliable plastic materials that can be applied to the tops of the back teeth (premolars and molars). After they are positioned, dental sealants block out plaque, tartar, bacteria, and food particles to protect from many problems, such as cavities. Sealants can last many years with proper care, including a regular home oral hygiene routine. Dental sealants not only improve your oral hygiene and prevent cavities, but they can also save money at future dental exams at Great Lakes Bay Dental. Talk to experienced dentist Dr. Daniel Clement during your dental exam in our Midland, MI office to decide if sealants are a good choice for you or your child.
Good candidates for dental sealants would be anyone who is prone to getting cavities or oral diseases. Most often, sealants are recommended for younger children and teens who may have a more difficult time maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine. The application of dental sealants is a fast, simple treatment that generally requires no anesthesia or sedation, which makes it an easy procedure for all ages.
What to Expect
At your consultation, Dr. Clement will first need to assess your teeth to determine if sealants are right for you. Prior to the actual application, your teeth will be cleaned and polished to remove plaque, bacteria, and tartar. Then, Dr. Clement will brush on the sealant and set it with a special light. After the application, Dr. Clement will ensure that the sealant is in the correct position.
Following the treatment, you should be able to return to your regular daily routine. It is important that you follow a good home oral care routine that includes brushing twice every day, along with mouthwash and flossing. You should also avoid putting pressure on your teeth or eating sticky foods. With good care, sealants can last for years. During your dental exam at Great Lakes Bay Dental, Dr. Clement will determine if your dental sealants need to be reapplied.
Sealants are a preventive procedure, and most dental insurance companies cover some of the cost for children. Coverage will vary, especially in older patients, so we will determine your exact coverage by calling your insurance and then calculating your costs. Great Lakes Bay Dental accepts many payment methods, and we can help you with low-interest medical financing if needed.
You or your child may be one of the many people who could benefit from dental sealants to protect the teeth. Dental sealants are a great option to prevent future dental procedures, like cavity fillings. A relatively easy and quick procedure, sealants can help you and your family experience better dental visits and improved overall health. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants, contact our Midland, MI office to book a consultation with Dr. Clement.