Although professional dental cleanings help keep teeth as healthy as possible, teeth with deep grooves can be difficult to thoroughly clean, even for professionals. To protect areas with pits and fissures, Drs. Juban and Cowen may recommend the application of a dental sealant. Dental sealants are a general dental treatment that works for both children and adults and offer an added peace of mind against cavities.
Dental Sealants for Kids and Adults
Tooth sealing in Baton Rouge often begins when a patient is very young.
Typically, elementary age children and teenagers are at higher risk of tooth decay because of erupting teeth, susceptible baby teeth, overcrowding, irregular dental hygiene practices, difficulty cleaning around orthodontic devices, and other dental concerns. During dental sealant treatment, a thin, plastic coating is applied to the molars, premolars, and deep grooves in the teeth to stop decay before it starts.
In certain situations, adults may also have a need for dental sealants to prevent decay in hard-to-clean areas. For instance, an adult with bruxism (tooth grinding) behavior may cause cracks to form along the biting surfaces of the molars. Without a sealant or other dental intervention, the molars could be difficult to keep free from bacteria, plaque, and tartar.
Dental sealants turn rougher, ridged tooth areas into smoother planes, making them easier to clean at home and at the dentist’s office. Patients with dental insurance may be able to get all or a portion of tooth sealants covered. The Juban Cowen Dental Care office team can help with any carrier’s paperwork as an added benefit for patients.
Painless Treatments for Stronger Teeth
Dental sealants take only a few minutes to apply per tooth, making the process painless. After the sealant has bonded to the teeth, it can last for years, keeping bacteria from reaching deep crevices.
Think dental sealants might be too obvious? They are not. Tooth sealants blend right in with the rest of the smile. Only the dentist will know that they have been applied.
To talk with Drs. Juban and Cowen about tooth sealants for an adult or child, please contact the office during normal business hours by calling (225) 927-8663. New patients are welcome at Juban Cowen Dental Care.