Dental sealants are barriers against cavities. They are usually placed on the chewing surfaces of the premolars and molars because decay occurs here most often. Brushing and flossing removes plaque from your teeth, but toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the grooves of the molars. Sealants protect these grooves and depressions from liquids and acids. Dental sealants are usually provided for children and teenagers, but adults can use them, too.
When placing sealants, Dr. Michael Wilhite will place a cotton roll around your teeth to absorb saliva and keep your teeth dry. A sheet of rubber may be placed to isolate the teeth. Our dentist and team apply a solution that will glue the sealant to your teeth. After about a minute, we will rinse off the excess solution, dry your teeth and apply the sealant. The sealant, a clear or white liquid-plastic material, is painted onto the tooth enamel. It bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. A special curing light may be used to speed the curing process. Sealants can last for years but should be checked regularly for chipping and wear. Our dentist will replace sealants as necessary.
Please call Davidson Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at 704-987-2277 to learn more about dental sealants in Davidson, North Carolina, and schedule an appointment.