About Dental Sealants
At Houston Heights Dentistry, our Registered Dental Hygienists use dental sealants to protect against tooth decay and cavities in a way that just brushing your teeth cannot. Made of a flowable plastic material, dental sealants are typically applied to the pits and grooves of the chewing surface of the premolars and molars of children. They can block out bacteria, plaque, tartar, food particles, and can also prevent oral diseases. If properly cared for with a sufficient oral hygiene routine, dental sealants can last for years. By improving overall oral health and preventing cavities, dental sealants can help save money on your future dental visits with us in Houston Heights, TX.
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"Have been with Dr Patel for many years and have been a happy patient.My son had a freak accident late one night that injured his mouth and front teeth. I called dr Patel’s business line expecting to leave a message. To my surprise Dr. Patel answered the phone told us what to do, until we could get there 1st thing in the morning. All me experiences have been great. She is a wonderful dentist who is very caring."- M.B. / SmileReminder / Jun 04, 2019
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What to Expect
Getting sealants is a fast, easy process that is done without any anesthesia or sedation. Before the sealants are applied, the patient's teeth will be cleaned and polished. The Hygienist will then brush on the dental sealant and use a special light for about 30 seconds to set it. After all has been applied and cured, the sealant is checked to ensure the patient has full coverage and the sealant has hardened.
With proper care, including good home oral care and regular check-ups, sealants can last up to ten years. Dr. Patel will check the integrity and wear of the sealants at every dental exam and let the patient know if it is time for the sealants to be re-applied. Patients should continue to brush their teeth at least twice a day, and protect the sealants by avoiding stress on the teeth (grinding their teeth, using their teeth to open packages, etc.) While sealants are best for young children and teenagers, adults may also have sealants placed, if they are prone to cavities.
Insurance companies usually cover the cost of dental sealants for children and teenagers, and some cover adults as well. Our administrative team will contact your insurance company to get the details of your coverage. If your insurance does not cover your sealants, our office does have payment plans and the cost of sealants is generally less than a filling or other repair.
Plan Your Procedure
Children, teenagers, and adults can all benefit from the protection of dental sealants on their back teeth with a fast, easy procedure. To avoid cavities and tooth decay, dental sealants can be a great option for patients who want better dental exams. Although they can't be seen or felt, dental sealants combined with home oral care can give you a better, healthier smile. Contact Houston Heights Dentistry to book your consultation and get one step closer to improved oral health.