Dental Sealants

Hate cavities? We've got you covered.

Picture of child smilingSome teeth have grooves and pits that are deep and hard to clean, and therefore more prone to cavities. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of those teeth to help protect them from decay.

Typically, children and teenagers are the best candidates for sealants since protection from decay should begin as early as permanent molars appear.

Application of dental sealants is fast and painless. The tooth is cleaned, and then prepared with a gel solution that helps the sealant stick to the tooth. Then the sealant is painted on with a tiny brush. A special light may be used to help dry the sealant more quickly.

Sealants are usually clear or tooth colored, and so they are virtually invisible—they usually cannot be seen when you talk or smile.

A dental sealant is only one part of preventing decay, so you still need to maintain a regular dental health routine. Brush twice daily with an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste, and clean in between your teeth with dental floss once a day.

For more information, just ask us about dental sealants during your visit!

Patients come to us for dental sealants from Clayton, Garner, Raleigh, Apex, Cary and close-by communities.