Dental Sealants

If there was an easy way to protect your teeth from cavities, would you be interested? Well, there is! Dental sealants were created to protect the molars to easily seal out bacteria in order to prevent cavities. This easy and pain free dental procedure is available at South Texas Dental for patients of all ages. This simple dental treatment has the ability to protect the teeth for up to four years through a simple application on the premolars and molars, making it a worthwhile investment. At South Texas Dental, we are proud to offer dental sealants to our patients as a preventative measure to help fully protect the teeth and promote optimal oral health.

The back teeth – the premolars and molars – were designed for chewing and crushing foods to make them easy to swallow and digest. These teeth are made up of rough surfaces that are filled with deep grooves and pits that can easily trap food particles. Every mouth has bacteria inside that are there to help break down these left behind food particles; however, because the premolars and molars have such deep grooves and often an excessive amount of particles are left behind, these teeth are vulnerable to cavities. As the bacteria work to break down the food particles, they begin to create acids to help them out. It is these acids that cause tiny holes, or cavities, within the teeth. Dental sealants are used for the specific purpose of “sealing out” food particles from the back teeth so that the bacteria do not aggressively attack these teeth. While dental sealants are typically not covered by dental insurance, they are actually one of the most cost-effective and beneficial means of cavity prevention. They will save money in the long run by helping patients avoid fillings, crowns, and other costly dental work to restore tooth decay.

South Texas Dental is proud to offer dental sealants to all of our patients. It is highly recommended that children and adolescents receive dental sealants on their back molars because as they go through puberty, the fluctuation of hormones can have a big impact on their dental health. Adults can benefit just as much from dental sealants, especially those who have deeper grooves within their back teeth. Ask us if you are a good candidate for dental sealants. We want to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health for years to come!

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