Waxhaw Dental Sealants Dentist
Stop tooth decay before it starts and prevent future cavities
What are dental sealants and how do they help?
A sealant acts as a shield for teeth that are at higher risk of decaying. That’s why molar sealants are the most common type of sealant. The chewing surfaces of these teeth are difficult to reach when brushing and flossing, making them more prone to cavities.
Sealants are often made with a resin-plastic material that’s spread in a thin layer on the chewing surface as a protective coating. The sealant fills in the deep grooves, pits and fissures of the molars where bacteria can thrive, effectively helping to prevent cavities.
While dental sealants do make teeth feel a bit different temporarily, they are clear or tooth-colored and are typically not visible when you talk or eat.
When you need a dental sealants dentist in Waxhaw, call us. Our team is here to help.
Who can get dental sealants?
Sealants are most commonly placed in children since cavities are a risk as soon as teeth erupt. However, dental sealants are a recommended treatment even for some adults, since cavities are a risk at any age.
Adults that would benefit most from dental sealants include those that:
- Maintain a poor diet
- Suffer from dry mouth
- Have a long history of tooth decay
- Have sensitive teeth
At MillBridge Dentistry, we’re ready to carefully look into your case and work together to offer the best and most comprehensive care.
Cavity filling vs. sealant for teeth
While cavities that are caught early can be treated quickly and easily with a filling, preventing cavities with sealants is a preferable option for a few reasons:
- 9Cavities weaken teeth, so preventing them keeps teeth stronger.
- 9Applying dental sealants is painless and requires no anesthesia, unlike fillings.
- 9It’s more expensive to get a cavity filled than to get a sealant for teeth.
What’s the process for applying Waxhaw dental sealants?
- Teeth are cleaned thoroughly so that bacteria isn’t trapped under the sealant.
- Teeth are dried and an etching solution is applied to help with adhesion.
- The solution is rinsed off and teeth are dried again before the sealant is painted onto the chewing surface.
- A curing light is used to help the sealant material to dry faster.
- The dried sealant is ground or worn a bit to ensure the patient’s bite isn’t impacted by the additional volume.
How long do sealants last?
Dental sealants are known to work their cavity-preventing magic for up to 9 years after they’re placed. They do occasionally break or fall off of the tooth. If they do, they need to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible to prevent bacteria from getting trapped and leading to tooth decay.
Are dental sealants covered by dental insurance?
There are a lot of dental plans that cover dental sealants in minor children, but in most cases, sealants for adults are not covered.
Our office accepts most major dental insurance, including the providers below. We’ll help you understand what your plan covers and what costs to expect.
Schedule with us today by calling (704) 665-7887 and let’s discuss if a tooth extraction is the best option for you.
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– Lusine G.
We’re located in the heart of the beautiful Waxhaw community! Find us right off of Providence Road in the Novant Medical building by the Waxhaw PD. Plenty of free parking available!