Dental Sealants in Belton, TX

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What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a form of preventive dentistry that safeguard you or your child's teeth against tooth decay and caries, also known as cavities. Sealants from our Belton, TX practice are a thin, clear, or tooth-colored material that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to make the surfaces a bit smoother and easier to clean. After dental sealants are placed on the teeth, they are able to protect against bits of bacteria, food, or plaque building up in hard-to-clean areas. This helps to maintain your overall oral hygiene and reduces the risk of forming dental cavities, preventing the time and expense that often accompanies dental conditions, like tooth decay. During your next dental exam or cleaning at ACE Dental of Belton, ask one of our talented dental professionals if dental sealants are a good option for you.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are typically painted onto permanent teeth, such as molars or premolars, of children between the ages of 6 – 12, as these teeth are at a higher risk of developing cavities. However, adults and teens who are at risk of tooth decay may also be ideal candidates for dental sealants. The grooves and uneven surfaces of the teeth are infamous for collecting food and bacteria, and sealants can help protect against this by making it easier to keep your teeth clean. 

How Are Sealants Applied?

Dental sealants are most often placed following a dental exam or cleaning. Before placing or painting on the sealants, the teeth will be cleaned to remove any existing bacteria, tartar, or plaque. Next, the teeth will be carefully dried to remove moisture. Finally, the sealant material will be brushed onto the teeth, coating the fissures and pits with a protective layer of clear or tooth-colored solution. A special light will be used to harden (cure) the sealant, and a member of our team will check to ensure it has settled properly.

What Can I Expect After Dental Sealants Are Placed?

Once your sealants are cured and set, you'll be free to return to your daily activities while being mindful of any special instructions provided following your treatment. It's important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine after your visit. This should include brushing your teeth at least twice a day, as well as daily flossing and rinsing. Patients should avoid sticky or crunchy foods for the first few days after getting sealants. When cared for properly, sealants last for many years. During each of your dental visits at ACE Dental of Belton, a member of our team will examine your sealants to determine whether they need to be reapplied.

Are Sealants Covered by Dental Insurance?

Because sealants a preventive dentistry treatment, they're typically covered in full by most dental insurance policies. If you're uninsured or underinsured, our team can help you find a payment option that makes sense for your lifestyle and budget. When checking in for your visit at ACE Dental of Belton, please feel free to speak with a member of our staff about payment and insurance options.

Help Prevent Tooth Decay

Dental sealants are an important part of your family's overall oral health. Fighting to prevent tooth decay and keep your smile healthy, dental sealants from our Belton, TX can save your family money and time down the road. Schedule a dental exam or cleaning at ACE Dental of Belton to find out more about dental sealants. We look forward to helping your family achieve healthy, happy smiles!

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