Anti-Cavity Dental Sealants
Another line of defense against cavities
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.
Dental Sealants for Adults
Indications for adults to consider anti-cavity sealants
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:
- One or more cavity in the past year
- Extensive history of cavities
- Deep grooves on tooth biting surface
- Diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates
- Decreased or insufficient salivary flow, dry mouth
- Infrequent dental visits
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.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
Economical, practical and noninvasive way to repel plaque
Long-term cost saving: Sealants are cheaper than Fillings.
Armor for your weak spot: As many as 80% of cavities form in the grooves of your teeth!
Seal and protect areas that are too small even for your toothbrush to reach.
The Sealant Procedure
Here’s how dental sealants are quickly and easily applied
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.
Still Not Sure?
Drop by for your free consultation
If you think you may like to save money and prevent cavities by getting a sealant treatment, but you’re still not sure whether it’s right for you, just go ahead and ask us! Feel free to schedule an appointment, or just walk-in at our newly constructed dental office in Apex, NC. We’re always here to help. We’re happy to get to know you personally, understand your particular goals, concerns, and history, and then offer our best information and recommendations in a friendly, no-pressure environment.