As our teeth form, they often have narrow pits and grooves, especially on back teeth – molars and bicuspids. These narrow pits and grooves can be impossible to clean, allowing cavity-causing plaque and bacteria to grow. A Dental Sealant is a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surface of teeth where the pits and grooves are.
Every week we remove sealants placed by other dentists that have a large amount of decay under them. While these sealants were placed by well-meaning practitioners, unfortunately, they often create bigger problems than they were designed to prevent.
In most cases where sealants would have been used, we thoroughly clean the teeth under a dental microscope and fill the grooves of the teeth with a material much stronger than the traditional sealant material used. Under the microscope, we can better determine if decay has already started to grow. With the aid of the microscope, this decay can be removed with the need for anesthesia.
Traditional sealants should only be used in cases where we are buying time until a more permanent solution can be done. They can be used in very young children who need more time to be able to have a more permanent dental procedure performed or to protect the baby tooth until the permanent tooth comes in.
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Dental sealants help to keep teeth healthy by protecting them from decay that destroys your tooth. Each time a tooth is filled or a dental filling is replaced, more tooth surface is lost. Silver fillings last about six to eight years before they need to be replaced. Using sealants saves time and money and helps to keep teeth healthy.
Dr. Linger helps dental patients throughout Charlotte NC, Concord NC, Huntersville, NC, and Weddington NC to achieve optimal oral heath through regular cosmetic dentistry, restoration, checkups and cleanings. Call Dr. Linger'’s office today at 704-364-2510 or contact us to schedule your appointment and learn more about sealants, general examinations and cleanings.