Dental Sealants Overview
Dental sealants are a simple preventive procedure our team uses to help keep teeth from developing cavities. Made of thin, plastic material, sealants are placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants help to protect against tooth decay by preventing plaque, bacteria, and food particles from becoming lodged in the pits and fissures that naturally occur on premolar and molar teeth. With proper care, dental sealants can last for several years and may help reduce the chance of future treatment needs. At Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics, general dentists Dr. Najib Adi and the Atlas Walk staff may recommend sealants for children and teen patients. To learn if dental sealants are ideal for your family’s needs, schedule a dental exam at our Gainesville, VA practice today.
"Have been a patient for a short time, but have had wonderful care. The office has a very friendly front desk staff along with the Drs and hygienists I have seen. Highly recommend."- F.G. / Google / Feb 20, 2020
"I'm really happy with this dentists office. The front desk staff were friendly and I appreciated their warmth via telephone and in-person. The dental hygienist, Rebecca, was so sweet and very accommodating of my personal requests with my treatment and never once made me feel unwelcome or uncomfortable. I am satisfied with the cleaning and review of my oral health and I found Dr Alhabashi's bedside manner lovely - he was very thorough in his explanations and kind in his approach. It was refreshing not feeling rushed through discussions and not having procedures or products pushed on me! I will be happy to go back in 6 months and anticipate a similar pleasant experience!"- H.D. / Yelp / Feb 15, 2020
"I’m really happy with this dentists office. The front desk staff were friendly and I appreciated their warmth via telephone and in-person. The dental hygienist, Rebecca, was so sweet and very accommodating of my personal requests with my treatment and never once made me feel unwelcome or uncomfortable. I am satisfied with the cleaning and review of my oral health and I found Dr Alhabashi’s bedside manner lovely - he was very thorough in his explanations and kind in his approach. It was refreshing not feeling rushed through discussions and not having procedures or products pushed on me!I will be happy to go back in 6 months and anticipate a similar pleasant experience!"- H.D. / Yelp / Feb 15, 2020
"I have been a patient of Dr Adi for over 10 years . He is an amazing doctor. Last year I started my journey with braces and Dr Shak is amazing too ! Even though I don’t live in Gainesville anymore I refuse to change my dentist. Front desk people are friendly specially Jennifer and Michelle :) the place is super clean ! If you are looking for a new place you should definitely check them out !"- F.K. / Google / Feb 12, 2020
"Dr. Adi has been my dentist for the past ten years. I appreciate his integrity, kindness, his excellent dental skills, workmanship, and his attention to details. He is the absolutely the BEST dentist I have ever had. I highly recommend Dr. Adi and his dental team because they do what they do so that I can keep my teeth and my smile for a lifetime. Thank you, Dr. Adi and Atlas Walk Dental team!"- N.J. / Google / Feb 07, 2020
Best Candidates for Mouth Guards
Most cases of cavities among children and teens occur on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Dental sealants are a preventive measure ideal for children and adolescents and those who are at a higher risk for developing tooth decay in these areas. Sealants are only applied to healthy back teeth that have not received fillings or other dental treatment. Receiving sealants is a very comfortable procedure that does not require anesthesia or the use of a dental drill.
What to Expect with Dental Sealants
During your child’s dental exam, Dr. Adi or the Atlas Walk staff will examine the teeth and determine if sealants would benefit your child’s oral health. We can then go ahead and place the sealants or schedule a more convenient time for your child to return. To begin the sealant procedure, we first cleanse the chewing surfaces of the teeth with a special toothpaste and cleansing liquid. We then rinse and dry the teeth and apply the sealant material to the chewing surfaces of the teeth in liquid form. A special curing light is used to harden the material and adhere the sealant to the tooth. Our team will then check your child’s bite for comfort.
Dental Sealants Follow-Up
Since sealants are such a simple procedure, your child will be able to return to their normal daily routine after the appointment. Our team will provide instructions on how to best care for your child’s sealants and what types of foods and activities to avoid for the first few days following sealant placement. Even though sealants help to protect against tooth decay, it is still very important that your child maintain daily brushing and flossing at home. Providing proper care for sealants can help ensure that they last for several years. At your child’s routine checkup appointments, Dr. Adi or the Atlas Walk staff will evaluate the sealants and let you know if they need to be replaced.
Dental Sealants Insurance Coverage
Most dental insurance companies cover sealants, at least in part, for children up to a certain age. Since coverage may vary, our business team will contact your insurance provider to learn your particular coverage amounts. We will also let you know of any anticipated out-of-pocket costs before placing your child’s sealants. If you do not have insurance or have personal expenses, Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics accepts several convenient payment methods, including patient financing with CareCredit®.
Dental sealants can be an important part of a preventive care program for your child. They can help protect your child’s teeth from decay and help reduce the need for fillings, crowns, or more complex care in the future. Sealants are quick, easy, and comfortable to place. To learn if sealants are right for your child’s oral health, schedule a dental exam with Dr. Adi or the Atlas Walk staff at our Gainesville, VA family dental practice today.