Dental sealants are a simple and secure way to guard against tooth decay and cavities in a way that brushing your teeth cannot. They are a slim, pliable plastic material that are applied to the chewing surface of the back teeth (premolars and molars). After they are positioned, dental sealants block out bacteria, food particles, plaque, and tartar to prevent many dental problems, like cavities. Sealants can last years if they are cared for properly with an effective home oral hygiene routine. Not only can sealants improve oral hygiene and prevent cavities, but they can also save money at future dental visits at Contemporary Dentistry. Talk to dentist Dr. Kathy Jacobsen during your appointment in our Gilbert, AZ office to decide if sealants are right for you or your child.
An ideal candidate for dental sealants would be anyone who is prone to getting cavities or oral diseases. Most often, sealants are recommended for young children and teenagers who may have a more difficult time maintaining regular teeth brushing habits. Sealant application is a fast, simple treatment that typically requires no anesthesia or sedation, which makes it an easy procedure for patients of any age.
What to Expect
During your consultation, Dr. Jacobsen will first need to assess your teeth to determine if sealants are the right treatment for you. Prior to the actual application, your teeth will be cleaned and polished to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Then Dr. Jacobsen will apply the sealant with a small brush and set it with a special light. Following the application, Dr. Jacobsen will ensure that the sealant has settled correctly.
Following the procedure, you should be able to return to your normal routine. It is important that you follow a regular oral hygiene routine, including brushing twice a day, using mouthwash, and flossing. You should also avoid putting pressure on your teeth or eating sticky foods. With proper care, sealants can be long-lasting, but during your annual exam at Contemporary Dentistry, Dr. Jacobsen will determine if the sealants need to be re-applied.
Sealants are a preventative procedure and most insurance companies cover some or all of the cost for younger patients. Coverage will vary, especially in older patients, so our office will determine your exact coverage by contacting your insurance and then calculating your out-of-pocket costs. Dr. Kathy Jacobsen accepts many different payment methods, including our Smiles Club membership, and we can help you find medical financing if needed.
Plan Your Procedure
Protect and Prevent
You or your family can benefit from dental sealants to protect your teeth. They are a great way to prevent future dental procedures like fillings for cavities. A relatively quick and easy procedure, sealants can give you and your family for improved dental visits and overall oral health. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants, contact our Gilbert, AZ office to book a consultation with Dr. Jacobsen.