At Beyond Dentistry Clearwater, our general dentistry team offers dental sealants as a proven, long-lasting, and minimally invasive method for preventing tooth decay. Located in the back of the mouth, molars are filled with grooves and uneven surfaces where plaque and bacteria can hide and flourish. When dental sealants harden, they create a powerful barrier between your teeth and the foods, drinks, acid, and bacteria that lead to decay. And the best part? Dental sealants can last for years!
What are dental sealants?
Sealants are thin, biocompatible coatings applied to the chewing surface of teeth and deep grooves (knowns as pits and fissures). An overwhelming majority of cavities develop in the pits and fissures of the teeth because the back teeth are harder to clean. Thus, they are more susceptible to tooth day. When Dr. Alqasemi or Dr. Adham applies dental sealants, this treatment can protect teeth by sealing and smoothing away deep grooves and generating an easy-to-clean dental surface.
When are dental sealants for adults recommended?
After a standard dental cleaning, applying dental sealants is a very straightforward procedure. First, the teeth are surrounded by cotton to keep the area dry. Then, our dental team member will apply dental resin and sealant material to the chewing surfaces of the molars to protect deep grooves and depressions. Eventually, the sealant will dry and harden.
Have questions about dental sealants in Clearwater, FL?.
Check out these frequently asked questions about dental sealants in Indian Shores, Clearwater, or surrounding areas, or call us at (727) 304-3156 to speak with our team.
Dental sealants are a long-lasting preventive measure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites that some sealants still work after nine years of placement. Still, sometimes, they fall off, the tooth loses its protective seal, and it gets a cavity. So, we recommend scheduling regular dental checkups to see if they should be checked at regular dental appointments.
Dental sealant dangers are few and far between. Some patients worry about the BPA plastic in dental sealants. However, the American Dental Association (ADA) reports that no health concern exists relative to BPA exposure from any dental material. Still, the only potential side effect is a rare allergy to dental sealants. So, please speak to your dentist honestly about your allergies so he or she can decide if dental sealants are an appropriate preventive dentistry measure.
Without insurance, dental sealants cost up to $40 per tooth. But your insurance plan might reduce the rate for this pain-free, preventive dental procedure.
To start things off, we’ll perform a complete cleaning of your teeth and gums, using special tools to remove any plaque and tartar that may have built up along the gumline. Essential aspects of your cleaning will include thorough flossing between your teeth in all those hard-to-reach places, and scraping off plaque that has accumulated along the gum line. To finish the cleaning process, we’ll polish your teeth, leaving you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to smile.
Any Necessary X-Rays
If you’re new to the office or haven’t had dental x-rays in a while, your Clearwater dentist may recommend that you take some during your preventive care appointment. Dental x-rays let us see what’s going on beneath the surface of your smile, giving us the ability to find issues that may not be visible otherwise. With x-rays, we’re able to make more accurate diagnoses and create more effective and efficient treatment plans.
Your dentist will review your x-rays and then take a thorough look at your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth. If we spot any issues, we’ll take the time to educate you on our findings, so you can keep your dental health on the right track. We make it our goal to keep you educated about your oral well-being, so you can make the right decisions for your smile.
Personalized Treatment Plan
Using the information we’ve gathered with your exam and x-rays, we’ll work together with you to craft a treatment plan customized for your unique oral health needs, budget, and lifestyle. If everything looks good, we’ll simply schedule your next routine cleaning and checkup.
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Our Clearwater team is here for you! No matter what kind of treatment you schedule, our team is standing by to answer any questions you may have about insurance, financing, or anything else. We’ll do everything possible to make sure your every visit is straightforward and stress-free.
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