There’s no need to wait for cavities, infection, plaque, and tartar to rear their ugly heads when they can be prevented with sealants. The simple procedure involves San Diego, CA cosmetic dentists, Dr. Langenbach and Dr. Thomas, applying a thin plastic and resin material to the chewing surface of a tooth. While sealants are normally applied to molars and premolars as a preventative measure, they can be applied to other teeth as well. The treatment is simple and quick and can last a number of years. To further prevent cavities, patients should follow proper oral care daily.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
A sealant is a fairly easy procedure that involves plastic resin being painted on the premolars or molars, where it bonds to the tooth and hardens. The sealant fills in and fits into the grooves of the teeth, creating a comfortable, protective barrier. As a preventative method to prevent decay or even tooth lose, sealants work to maintain the health of the tooth for years. The dentist will determine if a sealant is a good option for each patient during their consultation and if needed, will schedule a procedure date. Once the sealant has hardened on the tooth, the patient can continue with their regular routine.
Patients can anticipate returning to their regular routines immediately following the procedure. The dentist will provide them with any special instructions before they leave our office. To ensure optimal oral health, patients should maintain a regular oral hygiene routine that includes brushing twice a day, using mouthwash, and flossing. It is also recommended that you continue to schedule annual examinations and teeth cleanings every 3 – 6 months.
The cost of a sealant varies among practices, but patients should expect to pay between $25 and $50 per tooth.
Protecting your teeth and preventing cavities is one of our top priorities. One of the easiest, quickest, and most cost-efficient ways to do that is through sealants. If you are interested in keeping cavities and decay at bay, please contact our office for an appointment. We would be more than happy to discuss the process with you.