The Anti Cavity Treatment That Will Save You Money
Anti-Cavity Sealants are a nontoxic, resin coating that is placed on the chewing surface of the back teeth to seal out any germs and food that would cause tooth decay. These sealants serve as a barrier to cavity-causing plaque, and they are painless, safe, efficient, easy-to-apply, long-lasting and very cost effective.
Dental sealants are commonly recommended for children, especially since children tend to have a hard time properly cleaning those back surfaces of their teeth. However, adults can also benefit greatly from sealants. Our adult guests in the Raleigh area are increasingly taking advantage of these benefits by having anti-cavity sealant treatments.
Almost any adult could benefit from a sealant treatment, but if any of the following indications are present, we would encourage you to seriously consider sealants for your molars and pre-molars:
We know that 95% percent of all adults will eventually have at least one cavity in the pits and grooves of their molars during adulthood, but dental sealants serve as an effective way to prevent such cavities. Dental sealants last about 15 years, so during that time you can rest assured that your molars will be well-defended against cavities.
For those with a globe-trotting lifestyle, frequent dental visits are not always possible; that’s why the US Navy often recommends dental sealants for U.S Navy Personnel. For many of us who reside in Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, and greater Raleigh, who must travel for work – dental sealants can be a great choice to keep teeth healthy when constantly on-the-go or away from home for extended trips.
The tooth’s surface is cleaned and brushed, then an “etching” material is placed on the tooth’s surface for about 10 seconds to kill any bacteria and to slightly roughen the surface so the sealant will adhere. Then, after drying, the sealant material is applied and cured to a hard finish. As the sealant is curing, microscopic “fingers” of sealant material are filling the pits and fissures in the chewing surface of the molar — effectively blocking any food or germs from entering in the future.
Finally your sealant will be checked to make sure it is properly placed. The only difference you will notice is that the chewing surface of your molar may feel a little smoother. This will not affect your ability to chew or bite.