Sealants are an easy procedure to protect your teeth from cavities and decay. Sealants are thin, flexible plastic coatings that can be put on the tops of your back teeth (molars and premolars). Once they're placed, sealants block plaque, tartar, bacteria, and food particles to further prevent several dental issues, including cavities. Dental sealants may stay on for a long time if properly cared for with a good oral hygiene routine at home. Sealants not only 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 examinations at Ron Barry, D.M.D. Talk to seasoned dentist Dr. Ron Barry at your annual examination in our Del Mar, CA office to help you decide if dental sealants are needed for you or your family.
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Best Candidates for Dental Sealants
The best candidates for sealants are patients who are prone to developing cavities or tooth decay. In many cases, dental sealants are suggested for children and some teens who may not have a good oral hygiene routine. Dental sealant application is a simple, fast treatment that usually doesn't need sedation or anesthesia, making it a great procedure for all patients.
What to Expect
In your consult, Dr. Barry will first examine your teeth to decide if dental sealants are a good treatment for you. Before the application, we will clean your teeth to remove plaque, bacteria, and tartar. Next, Dr. Barry will use a brush to apply the sealant and set the material using a light. After the application is set, Dr. Barry will check if your dental sealant has settled into the correct position.
After your appointment, you will be free to resume your normal activities. It's important for you to develop a good oral care plan, including brushing your teeth two times each day, flossing, and mouthwash. You should try to avoid putting heavy pressure on your back teeth or consuming foods that are sticky. With ideal care, dental sealants may last for many years. At your annual dental examination at Ron Barry, D.M.D., Dr. Barry will decide if your sealants should be applied again.
Dental sealants are a preventive treatment and many dental insurances pay for part of the cost in patients under a certain age. Coverage can vary, particularly in adults, so a team member will figure out your coverage by talking to your insurance company and then letting you know your personal cost. Ron Barry, D.M.D. takes several methods of payment and we can assist you with low-interest financing for dental treatments.
Plan Your Procedure
You or your child may benefit from sealants to maintain general dental health. Sealants are a great treatment to avoid more extensive procedures, such as fillings and crowns. A quick and easy procedure, dental sealants can help your family experience easier dental exams and improved general health. To get more information about sealants, contact our Del Mar, CA office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barry.