Dental Sealants

QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE DENTAL SEALANTS IN CHARLOTTE NC

Dental sealants are a fast and effective way of protecting the pitted and grooved surfaces of the teeth. They are often recommended for use on children and teens to act as barriers between teeth and plaque, and to reduce the risk of developing decay. Sealants consist of a thin plastic film that is painted on all chewing surfaces of the teeth, especially the back teeth (molars and premolars), which are most susceptible to decay. Learn more about dental sealants offered by our Charlotte, NC dental office.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM SEALANTS?

Children and teenagers can greatly benefit from dental sealants. Adults without fillings or decay in their molar teeth can also benefit from the added protection. Children should undergo sealant treatment as soon as their permanent premolars and molars erupt. Sealants can offer protection throughout childhood as long as they remain intact. In some instances, dental sealants may also be appropriate for use on baby teeth.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SEALANTS?

  • When combined with proper oral hygiene habits, dental sealants are extremely effective at preventing cavities in teeth that have been sealed.
  • Dental sealants are very affordable, often costing less than half the cost of a cavity.
  • The procedure to seal teeth is minimally-invasive, completely safe, and highly-effective as a cavity-prevention method.

HOW ARE DENTAL SEALANTS APPLIED?

Applying sealants to the tooth surfaces is a simple and painless process that requires just a few minutes. During the procedure, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned and dried to prepare them for the sealants. Next, an acid solution is applied to the chewing surfaces to roughen up the texture, which gives the sealants a better bond. The teeth are then rinsed thoroughly and dried. Sealants are painted onto the enamel, and a special curing light is shined onto the tooth surfaces to complete the curing process.

HOW LONG DO DENTAL SEALANTS LAST?

If teeth are properly cared for through daily brushing and flossing, and regular visits to the dentist, sealants can last up to 10 years on average. However, dental sealants can chip or wear away over time. If this occurs, the sealants may be repaired by adding more sealant material to the damaged tooth surface. Dental sealants generally hold up well against the normal pressure and wear and tear associated with normal chewing.

Interested in dental sealants for your child, teen, or yourself? Contact our Charlotte General Dentist today to schedule an appointment (704) 752-7602.