The chewing surfaces of back teeth are more susceptible to developing tooth decay. Sealants from our team at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry are an easy way to protect your child's teeth from this type of oral concern. Sealants are thin, flexible plastic coatings that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of your child's molars and premolars. Once they're placed, sealants block plaque, tartar, bacteria, and food particles to help prevent cavities from forming. Dental sealants may last for years when cared for properly. Not only can sealants maintain the health of your child's mouth and lower the risk of cavities, but they may also save your child from needing expensive future treatments. During your child's visit at our friendly Lawrenceville, GA practice, talk to board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Jeni Kong to determine if dental sealants are right for your child's oral health.
Ideal candidates for sealants are patients who are prone to developing cavities due to deeper pits and fissures located on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. In many cases, dental sealants are suggested for young children and teenagers to help minimize the need for more complex dental treatments in the future. Sealant application is a simple, fast treatment that typically does not require sedation, making it a great procedure for patients of any age.
What to Expect
During your child's visit, Dr. Jeni will first examine the teeth to decide if dental sealants are the right treatment for their needs. Before the application, we will clean the teeth to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Next, our team will apply the sealants with a small brush and set the material using a special curing light. After the sealants have hardened, Dr. Jeni will check to ensure that your child's dental sealants have settled correctly and adjust the bite if needed.
After your child's sealant procedure, they will be free to resume a normal daily routine. It is important for your child to develop a good oral hygiene plan, including brushing the teeth two times a day and flossing daily. Your child should avoid eating crunching, hard, or sticky foods for the first few days following sealant placement. With proper care, dental sealants may be long-lasting. At your child's future cleaning and exam visits with our Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry team, Dr. Jeni will evaluate the sealants and decide if they should be applied again.
Since dental sealants are a preventive treatment, many insurance companies pay for some or all of the costs for younger patients. Coverage can vary, so our office will contact your insurance company to determine coverage amounts and let you know of any out-of-pocket costs. Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry accepts several different methods of payment for your convenience. We can also assist you in applying for special patient financing.
Your children can benefit from sealants to maintain good dental health and a happy smile. Sealants are a great way to avoid the need for more extensive procedures in the future, such as fillings or crowns to restore tooth decay. A relatively quick and easy procedure, dental sealants can help your family experience easier dental exams and improved overall oral health. To get more information about sealants, contact our Lawrenceville, GA office today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeni.