While brushing and flossing between your regular dental appointments are necessary to keep your teeth shining and healthy, sometimes we need a little be more help. Dental sealants are designed to protect your molars from cavities. Molars tend to have a cavernous texture where bacteria love to hang out and thrive. Dental sealants bond into the grooves (pits and fissures) of molars and protect them from cavities and tooth decay.
Unlike having a cavity filled, having a sealant put in is a painless procedure. A dental sealant is a clear or white liquid plastic material that is put into the grooves of molars. Your Fayetteville dentist or dental hygienist will extract moisture from you mouth with an air “vacuum” and will place cotton rolls around your teeth and inside your cheeks to prevent moisture from touching your molars. Next, a bonding agent similar to glue will be placed on your tooth that will hold the sealant in place. After approximately 60 seconds, the excess glue will be rinsed off and the sealant will be applied. Typically, a bright light will be held onto the tooth to harden the sealant. Sealants will typically last for a couple of years and can be reapplied once they have worn down.
Many dental insurance companies cover the cost of sealants, but if yours does not don’t fret. Most of the time sealants run in the family of $40-50 dollars per tooth. While this can add up, it is certainly less than having cavities filled even with insurance.
Protecting your dental health promotes a healthy lifestyle. Sealants are just one more way to make having a luminous smile easy and achievable.
Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental
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