Teeth in the back of the mouth have pits and grooves that naturally occur within the chewing surfaces, making them more susceptible to cavities (tooth decay). Sealants from our fun, energetic pediatric team are a quick and efficient way to cover these areas and protect against cavity formation. Made from a flexible, thin material, sealants are plastic coatings painted onto the chewing portions of the back teeth. When placed by skilled dental practitioners, such as those at MINT kids, sealants can keep food, plaque, and bacteria from collecting in these grooved areas and minimize the risk of decay. Sealants may be an essential part of your child's preventive care program and can help to avoid the need for fillings or other restorations in the future. Bring your child in to meet with our friendly Dallas, TX pediatric specialty team and learn if dental sealants can help protect the health of their smile.
While sealants may be a great option for patients of all ages, they are typically recommended for children and teens once the permanent molars have fully erupted. Patients who have deeper grooves and pits on the teeth and those at a higher risk of decay are often ideal candidates for dental sealants. However, sealants may not be recommended for teeth that already show signs of decay or have fillings on the chewing surfaces. When your child is here for their exam and cleaning, our MINT kids pediatric dentists will determine if sealants are a good option for their oral health.
What to Expect
The placement of sealants with our friendly MINT kids practitioners is a quick, comfortable process that does not require any anesthesia. Before we get started, we will give your child a pair of Beats headphones to wear or let them choose something fun to watch on our in-room TV. We will prepare the teeth by cleaning the chewing surfaces with a special paste and a solution to ensure a surface area free of plaque and bacteria. The teeth will be dried thoroughly with a stream of air and then the white or tooth-colored sealant material will be painted into the grooves. Using a special curing light, each sealant will be set (hardened) to the tooth and adjusted by our team as needed to make sure your child's bite feels comfortable and even.
Sealants require no downtime, allowing your child to immediately go back to their daily activities. Our MINT kids clinical team will provide you with instructions on how to best care for your child's sealants. For the first few days, your child should not eat foods that are hard, crunchy, or sticky. Helping your child maintain a good home care routine of daily brushing and flossing is essential to keeping their smile healthy and bright. During your child's future, preventive care visits at our Dallas, TX practice, we will assess the sealants and let you know if at any point they should be reapplied. However, when cared for properly, dental sealants may offer lasting protection for your child's teeth.
Dental sealants are a preventive care procedure and are often covered for younger patients by many dental insurance plans. Since coverage amounts may vary, a member of our business staff will talk with your insurance provider and help you maximize your benefits for your child's care. MINT kids is passionate about helping all children receive quality dental care and is committed to providing affordable treatment options. To cover any out-of-pocket expenses, get in touch with our team to learn about our convenient payment methods and special financing solutions.
Protect Against Decay
Sealants can help your child enjoy the lasting benefits of a healthy smile. Applied to decay-prone chewing surfaces of molar teeth, sealants serve to protect against cavities and may help minimize the need for dental restorations, like fillings and crowns, in the future. Sealants are easy to apply and may be an important part of your family's preventive care plan. To schedule your child's consultative appointment for sealants, talk to our caring pediatric team at MINT kids in Dallas, TX today.