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Protecting Smiles with Dental Sealants in Dallas

Young man with healthy attractive smile Many people have deep pits and grooves in their teeth where bacteria and food particles can hide and cause decay. Children with poor brushing habits may also develop decay on hard-to-reach molars. For situations like these, dental sealants offer a means of protecting the molars and premolars’ chewing surfaces from decay. Recognized by the American Dental Association as a key means of cavity prevention, dental sealants are simply a thin plastic film that can be applied to teeth.

Dental Sealants Process

Closeup of health teeth

First, Dr. Vanderbrook will identify and fill any spots of decay. Then, they will prepare your teeth by cleaning out the grooves and etching the teeth. After your teeth are prepared, Dr. Vanderbrook will coat your teeth with the sealant and harden it with a curing light. The entire procedure is fast, easy, and comfortable. It takes about 10 to 45 minutes, depending on the number of teeth to seal.

Dental sealants create an impenetrable physical barrier against small food particles and cavity-causing bacteria, making them highly effective in preventing tooth surface decay and the resulting cavities. Sealants can last up to ten years or longer. Most insurance companies only cover sealant procedures at a minimal level, but the good news is that more and more providers seem to be recognizing this technique's value as a preventive measure that will help reduce future dental costs and more aggressive treatments.