At Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D., we have dental sealant applications available as an easy way to protect your teeth from tooth decay and major cavities. Dental sealant is a thin, flexible plastic coating that can be put on the tops of your back teeth (molars and premolars) by our general dentist, Dr. Patrick B. Toms. Once placed, sealant will block plaque, tartar, bacteria, and food particles to prevent several dental problems, like cavities. Like fillings, the sealant may stay on for years if they are cared for properly with an effective oral hygiene routine at home. Sealant maintains the health of your teeth and lowers the risk of dental cavities. Talk to Dr. Toms at your appointment in our Gainesville, GA office to see if you qualify for dental sealant.
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"Kind, professional staff led by a very knowledgeable and caring dentist. Very accommodating to patients, they work as a team. They strive for excellence in all areas of their services. Office is beautifully decorated and well organized. Myself and a large part of my family have been regular patients for years. Now that I’ve moved out of the immediate area I still drive back to keep my dental care on the same high level with the same people."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Sep 28, 2021
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Best Candidates for Dental Sealant
Ideal dental sealant candidates are prone to developing cavities. In many cases, dental sealant may be suggested for young children and teenagers who may not be brushing as effectively or regularly as they should. Adults may also have a dental sealant placed on their molars; however, most insurance companies only cover it for children. The sealant application is a simple, fast treatment that does not need sedation or anesthesia, making it a great procedure for patients of any age.
What to Expect
During your consult, Dr. Toms will first examine your molars and premolars to make sure they are cavity-free to decide if dental sealant would be appropriate for you. If the answer is yes, you will have a dental cleaning on your teeth to remove plaque, bacteria, and tartar. Next, Dr. Toms will apply the sealant and set the material using light.
After your treatment, you will be free to resume your normal routine. It's important for you to develop a good oral hygiene plan, including brushing your teeth two times a day, using mouthwash, and flossing. You should try to avoid putting heavy pressure on your back teeth or consuming foods that are sticky. With proper care, a dental sealant can be long-lasting. At your annual examination in our office, Dr. Toms will decide if the sealant should be applied again.
Dental sealant is a preventive treatment and many insurance companies pay for a percentage or all the cost for children only. Coverage can vary for adults, so our office will figure out your fees by contacting your provider as well. We will let you know your out-of-pocket costs before applying the treatment. Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. takes many different methods of payment for your convenience.
Seal In A Smile
You or your family can benefit from traditional dental sealant to avoid more extensive dental work at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D., such as tooth-colored fillings for a cavity. It is also a relatively quick and easy process that can hopefully help your family experience easier dental exams. To get more information about dental sealant, contact our Gainesville, GA office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Toms.