If you would like to protect your teeth or your children’s teeth against cavities, Drs. Armstrong and Tant may recommend dental sealants in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Dental sealant is a thin, plastic material that is painted on the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars to block out food and plaque. This is done because it can be difficult to remove all of the food and plaque from the crevices of the back teeth.
Children usually have dental sealants placed on their premolars and molars when their teeth come in. When dental sealants are placed in this manner, they can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years. If a child has deep depressions in their baby teeth, dental sealants are also used for these teeth. Dental sealants are also useful for adults that have no decay or dental fillings in their back teeth.
To prepare your teeth for dental sealants, our dentists will thoroughly clean your molars or premolars. Each tooth is dried and an absorbent material is placed around each tooth to keep it try. The teeth are roughened to allow for a good bonding process and then they are rinsed and dried. Our dentists will then paint the sealant onto your teeth, where it bonds to the tooth surface.
We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.