Dental Sealants In Raleigh NC

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Dental sealants are used in dental offices every day. They are one of the most common treatments performed. Sealants help prevent decay from occurring on the chewing surfaces of teeth, especially on young children who have not yet mastered the art of brushing their teeth.

Dental sealants have been around for nearly 50 years and became popular in the 1970s as a method of preventing cavities from forming. Sealants are often applied to the back teeth, or molars because that is where people typically have a hard time brushing and flossing correctly.  These teeth also have deep crevices where food gets trapped.

What is a Dental Sealant?

Dental sealants are liquid resin coatings that are placed on the surface of the teeth to prevent decay. When applied they harden on the teeth to protect them. Sealants have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of cavities.

How Long do Dental Sealants Last?

Dental sealants can last several years and protect the teeth. They are usually white, or clear, and are very hard to see once teeth are treated. This means that there are no unsightly finishes!

How are Sealants Applied to Teeth?

The sealants protect the enamel of the teeth. The coating is applied on the surface of the tooth, and it hardens very quickly. Sometimes, our dentist will use a light that will make the sealant harden faster than waiting for it to try, making the sealant ready almost instantly. This process involves no pain, no discomfort, and smaller children don't even realize they are having the procedure done because it's so fast and easy.

Why Would Children Have Sealants Applied to Their Teeth?

Even the most well-intentioned parent can't stop cavities from forming in their children's teeth. Because brushing a young child's teeth is often quite difficult, they are more susceptible to cavity-causing bacteria hiding in places toothbrushes can't reach. Also, it is difficult for parents, and even older children, to floss their teeth properly, which leads to more chance of decay.

Many children have sealants applied to their teeth to protect their primary or baby, teeth while they wait for them to fall out to avoid having to place a more traditional filling in a child's mouth. Sealants are also used on children's permanent teeth as they erupt in the mouth to protect the teeth from decay.

Once the tooth is entirely in place, fillings might be necessary to treat any decay that has occurred while the teeth were erupting. Sealants are very useful in preventing the need for further fillings though, so opting to have teeth "sealed" early on is a good idea.

How Can You Care for Dental Sealants?

Once sealants have been applied to your teeth, or your children's teeth, they look and act just like your regular teeth. They don't require any special care or toothpaste, but it is important to watch for signs of wearing over time to prevent decay from occurring or spreading.

Regular visits to your dentist will help keep an eye on how the sealants are holding up, and of course, proper brushing and flossing technique will prevent further decay from developing or spreading. If you notice any issues developing with your dental sealants, make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible. Fixing the worn or damaged sealant decreases the risk of further decay.

Are Sealants Covered by Insurance Plans?

In most cases, sealants are covered by dental health insurance plans. If you are unsure, contact our office to discuss your coverage options. Our office can also check our electronic billing system to see if your insurance covers the procedure.

How Do Dentists Detect Tooth Decay?

Dentists perform dental examinations on every patient they see. This is often a quick and easy process that involves a simple visual inspection, review of x-ray films, and discussions about your oral health since the last time you were in the office.

What is Diagnodent?

Dentists rely on many examination methods to determine the presence of tooth decay in a patient's mouth. X-rays are one of the most common methods of finding hidden tooth decay, as well as visual examination for larger areas of decay. Diagnodent is a laser product that is being used in many dental clinics today.

Diagnodent uses fluorescent laser light to find hidden tooth decay, even in early stages of development. This means that dentists can discover and treat tooth decay faster and easier than ever before.

When teeth can be treated early, the risk of losing the tooth due to decay is reduced. Many people lose teeth to undetected tooth decay, and it can be devastating to have to have a tooth extracted because of a problem you didn't even know about in the first place.

Diagnodent technology is saving patients time, money, and above all else, their teeth. With over 90% accuracy, the chances of finding hidden dental decay are greatly increased, and that is comforting for patients to know.

How Does Diagnodent Work?

The Diagnodent laser system is simple and easy to use. It takes only a few seconds to determine the presence of decay in the mouth of a patient. Using a small device, your dentist will aim the laser at your teeth, and the amount of light that is reflected back determines the presence of decay. Diagnodent is used for patients of any age, and it is safe for everyone involved. Once decay has been detected, our dentists can treat the decay with sealants or fillings in order to prevent further decay from occurring.

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

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