How Sealants Can Protect Your Child's Smile

How Sealants Can Protect Your Child's Smile

SealantsDiscover how your Lumberton, NC dentist can help prevent dental decay with this simple, painless dental procedure.

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are made from a special plastic material that covers over the surface of the molars to protect them from decay.

How do dental sealants protect teeth?

Even the most meticulous brushers and flossers aren’t able to remove all the plaque and food particles from their teeth, and it’s particularly hard to brush those hard-to-reach areas on the back teeth. Molars are often more prone to developing decay than other teeth, and part of this is due to the fact that they have more crevices and ridges than front teeth. To prevent cavities and decay from forming along these grooves, your Lumberton, NC dentist applies dental sealants to your molars to keep decay and food out.

How will my Lumberton, NC dentist apply sealants to my teeth?

This is an easy treatment that requires little tooth preparation.   The sealant is placed on the biting surface of the tooth and set with a light. That’s all there is to it!

Will getting dental sealants hurt?

Since the process is completely non-invasive you won’t experience any discomfort or pain. The sealants are simply painted onto the chewing surfaces of the molars to protect them.

How long will it take to get sealants?

It only takes a couple minutes to place a sealant over one tooth; however, it will take a bit longer if you are having sealants applied to more than one molar (which is usually the case).

How long do dental sealants last?

Sealants can easily last about 10 years with the proper care. You must still maintain good oral hygiene, however. The only way sealants can offer full protection against decay is if they remain intact. Therefore, it’s important to see your Lumberton, NC dentist every six months for routine care. During your exam we can clean your teeth and make sure your sealants are holding up.

If you’re interested in getting dental sealants for you or your child, contact your Lumberton, NC dentist, Dr. Colin Osborne, III, DDS, today.

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