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Five reasons to consider dental sealants

Written by Dr. DeAngelis

Keeping the smile healthy is key to avoiding a wide range of dental issues, including tooth decay and periodontal disease. Many patients have questions about how they can reduce their risk of dental problems. At DeAngelis Family Dentistry, patients can ask about the benefits of using dental sealants to protect the smile. Dental sealants are the perfect way to help support a healthy smile.

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are added to the teeth to help protect the teeth from specific issues such as cavities and tooth decay. This preventative measure is applied to the teeth to offer an extra layer over the natural tooth enamel. It is excellent for both children and adults.

How do dental sealants work?

Dental sealants are used to remediate dental caries. They can also be used to protect against a fracture in a crown. This allows them to protect the teeth underneath to reduce the risk of cavities effectively. The sealants are often composite resin to blend in with the natural tooth structure.

Why might I use dental sealants?

There are five reasons why patients often consider dental sealants in Carlsbad. Dental sealants:

  • Provide protection for teeth that have been impacted by cavities
  • Are easy to place in-office during a single appointment
  • Can protect the teeth from more extensive problems, saving patients money over time
  • Are aesthetically pleasing
  • Are affordable

Are dental sealants right for me?

Dr. Anakarina DeAngelis encourages patients interested in dental sealants to speak to her about the benefits of sealants and if they would be appropriate for a patient’s needs. Most patients of all ages will find dental sealants to be beneficial. With proper application, they can last many years without the need for replacement, ensuring long-lasting protection. An evaluation of the smile can help the Carlsbad dentist make recommendations for this or other ways to help maintain a healthier smile.

When should I get dental sealants?

Dental sealants are often thought of as a solution only for children, but patients of all ages can enjoy the benefits. For children, it is a good idea to have dental sealants put on as soon as their permanent molar teeth erupt through the gum line. This is often between the ages of 6 to 9 for the first permanent molars, and the second permanent molars are between the ages of 10 to 14.

How are sealants placed?

Before the sealant is placed, the teeth are cleaned thoroughly by a dental hygienist. The teeth are then dried before a solution is applied to the teeth to help the sealant adhere. Teeth are rinsed and dried again, then the sealant is administered onto the natural tooth enamel. The dental sealant bonds directly to the tooth structure and harden to protect against cavities.

Will my dental insurance cover dental sealants?

Because dental sealants are viewed as a preventative treatment that can reduce the need for more expensive dental work in the future, they are often covered in part or in full by dental insurance plans. The front office team of DeAngelis Family Dentistry advises patients to bring their dental insurance cards with them for their appointment to apply any benefits that could reduce or eliminate costs of dental work for patients.

What dental clinic in Carlsbad offers dental sealants?

Patients considering dental sealants in Carlsbad, CA can speak with Dr. Anakarina DeAngelis about the benefits of protecting the smile in this way. DeAngelis Family Dentistry is open to new patients and families! Call (760) 444-5507 to request a consultation appointment with our team at 6010 Hidden Valley Road, Suite #105.