Regular brushing and flossing are the best ways to protect teeth from decay and plaque. Yet the reality is, it can be difficult for kids to clean the small crevices and surfaces of their teeth — especially the back molars and premolars where food and bacteria like to hide. That’s why Zen Triangle Dentistry recommends dental sealants as an easy and highly effective way to increase protection against tooth decay and cavities.
Sealants are clear, thin coatings that adhere to the vulnerable chewing surfaces of the back teeth. They are applied as a liquid and quickly harden to act as a barrier to keep food particles from settling on the teeth. While sealants are most often used in children, adults who are more susceptible to decay can also benefit from sealants. To receive the best possible results, dentists typically recommend that sealants be applied to the surfaces of teeth as soon as they erupt.
There are many benefits to getting sealants. Dental sealants:
- Protect the deep pits of the upper and lower back teeth from food and bacteria
- Are easy to apply and start protecting teeth immediately
- Are durable and can last several years before they need to be re-applied or repaired
- Are most commonly made from white or clear composite resin materials, making them safe and virtually invisible
What to Expect
Sealants are placed during a short, comfortable visit to our office. The procedure begins with a thorough examination and proper cleaning of the tooth or teeth being treated. Once the teeth are buffed and dried, we will paint a tooth-colored coating directly onto the biting surface of each tooth. A special light helps harden the resin material. This process “seals” the deep crevices of the teeth to protect the enamel from future decay.
It is important to remember that while sealants offer extra protection from cavities, they should never replace regular oral hygiene. Patients with sealants should continue brushing twice-daily and flossing once a day to clean harmful acids, bacteria and debris from the teeth that cause decay and gum disease.
Dr. Vaghani and her staff have helped many patients — young and old — prevent decay through dental sealant treatment. With a focus on preventive dentistry, our practice’s primary goal is to provide quality, comfortable care to our patients so that they can enjoy the benefits of good oral health. Sealants are just one of many ways we help our patients, especially children, keep their teeth healthy for many years to come.
Learn More About Dental Sealants in Cary, NC
Dental sealants can be a powerful means for preventing decay and keeping teeth healthy — no matter what your age! Zen Triangle Dentistry serves patients throughout Cary, NC and surrounding locations, including:
- Holly Springs
To find out more about dental sealants in Cary, NC, contact our practice. We can answer your questions about dental sealants and whether they are right for you or your child. Request an appointment today.
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